Thursday, May 22, 2008

Workin' at being wild

Sometimes it's just funny to live on the edge of nowhere. This morning I took my first cup of coffee onto the patio.

There were five wild turkeys at the back of the field. One cock and four hens. It's spring and Mr. Turkey was doing his best to get a little procreation action. Somehow watching them I attached dialog to their actions. Mr. Turkey came out as a combination of Elvis Presley and Tony from Friends.

The four hens were all busy picking up food. Mr. Turkey would not be put off by their attention to survival. He fluffed his feathers, stood up his tail and strutted towards a hen. This is what I heard.

"Hey baby." Mr. Turkey opens smoothly in his best Elvis Presley.

The hen calmly keeps pecking the ground and subtly turns away from him. This did not discourage Mr. Turkey because you know, he has that tail thing going.

"How you donin?" he continues as he turns in a neat circle to be sure she has a clear view of all his magnificent feathers. Never mind that her back is turned to him.

Hen raises her head and glances over her shoulder. "Idiot. You look like a turkey dinner to the people in that house. Put your feathers down. We've all seen it before."

Mr. Turkey did not get lucky this morning as far as I could tell. It's tough to be wild, and a turkey.

5 comments:

Georgia Woods said...

Ya know, every time I see the male birds dancing and circling, spreading their wings and tailfeathers, I also see the females ignoring them. It reaffirms for me the total oblivion of the male and the intelligence of the female. They just don't get it... in every species they do silly stuff to catch the female's eye, and the stuff they do doesn't even make sense much of the time. I mean, dragging their wings on the ground makes them look tough or attractive? That's like the clowns who have a few too many and spill their drinks in our laps, then grin thinking they impressed us. Just goes to show you that evolution ain't all it's cracked up to be...

Hugs!!
Georgia

Georgia Woods said...

Oh, and so the hubster hears me laughing and asks what's so funny, so I read him your post and my answer, and he tells me to stick it in my ear!! How's that for love? ;-)

G

Gail said...

LMAO!! Way to get yourself in trouble. You don't even need the rest of us to help you, Georgia.

Gail said...

LMAO!! Way to get yourself in trouble. You don't even need the rest of us to help you, Georgia.

Georgia Woods said...

Ack! He's just feeling tough because he got his hair cut in the old military short cut last week and he's struttin' his stuff... and fine stuff it is, if I may say so. But I imagine he'll have to be taken down a peg or two if he doesn't calm down, bless his heart. *giggle*

G