Turkeys on Cape Cod

December 20th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

turkeys in cape cod stopping traffic on main street

Turkeys stopping traffic

Turkeys on Cape Cod have become a not so uncommon sighting on Cape Cod right here in Falmouth Village. They have been known to stop traffic and be quite brazen about it.

Click on this funny link Huffington Post video to see how one of our local Falmouth postmanย has taken to carrying a long rod with him to ward off his new “friends”.

 

 

The turkeys have hit big time most recently with video footage on Boston TV stations such as WBZ as well as a story in the Boston Globe. The highlight of their notoriety though was in the Jimmy Fallon monologue in mid December.

The highlight of their notoriety though was in the Jimmy Fallon monologue in mid December.

turkeys in cape cod sitting in flower pot in front of Bearin Boots gastropub

Turkeys at Bear in Boots

One of their favorite hangouts in Falmouth Villageย early in the morning is at Bear in Boots Gastropub. We recently found out why….someone had left out some peanuts in shells and some corn shaved off the cob. So we are thinking one of our neighbors did a bit of research on favorite foods for turkeys.

You may not know that these birds do sleep up in trees. Many have been caught off guard on their early morning walk down main street when they go by our public library

turkeys in cae cod by falmouth library

Turkeys near the library

where we have numerous large trees and all of a sudden a noise is heard and down swoop the turkeys (mind you is is not a graceful flight).

 

All in all these birds have a rather interesting past as well. I certainly did not know until recently that they were Ben Franklin’s choice for the United States national bird.ย  I for one am very glad that the bald eagle won out and is our national bird seeing as they are certainly a more majestic bird!

Some other interesting facts are that it is only the male turkey thatย willย display hisย ruffled feathers andย fanlike tail. The mail bird also has a bright beard andย their gobble has a distinctive sound that can be heard a mile away.ย  As for the female turkey they mayย lay 4 to 17 eggs. The mom willย feed her chicks after they hatchโ€”but only for a few days. The young turkeys have toย learn pretty quickly to fend for themselves as part ofย  a mother/child flock can be well over aย dozen.

So on your next visit to Falmouth be sure to be on the lookout for our famous flock of turkeys ๐Ÿ™‚

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