New Neighbor

Berkeley turkey

We’ve got deer in our neighborhood — they’re slowly moving down from the hills, and one of our across-the-street neighbors thinks they’re grazing on her garden at night. We’ve got possums, raccoons, and skunks aplenty. A passel of hawks and owls, too. And now introducing: a wild turkey. Kate saw the bird out in the Edible Schoolyard at King Middle School yesterday morning while she was walking Scout, the wonder dog. She took the camera today, and the bird was there again — sure enough, a turkey. It’s become common to see them in the hills, along with foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions — it’s getting to be a regular wild kingdom up there. But these birds are a new arrival in our ZIP code. A woman Kate met today remarked that so far just one has been sighted, and, since you usually see turkeys in groups — your one-liner here — it wouldn’t be a surprise to see more roaming the area soon. Next, I imagine we’ll see a coyote trotting down the block looking for a turkey dinner.

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5 Replies to “New Neighbor”

  1. Wow…that is some heap of wildlife. If you see a guy in buckskin, carrying a musket, that will probably be Fess Parker moving down from the hills in pursuit of those deer and turkeys.

  2. jb, in Berkeley, Daniel Boone would be limited to using a “have-a-heart” trap (humane and non-lethal) to bag varmints.

  3. yeah…I figured as much. Best guess is Fess would have to be satisfied with sharing a jug of moonshine with the panhandlers over by the the Uni. That is if they could get past the “coon-skin cap.” You are still allowed to brew white-lightning in Berkeley? I can see the skunks and raccoons cavorting around the still…the folks from PETA keeping a watchful eye.

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