Beware of Turkeys!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I sure screamed today. I bought some new nordic pole yesterday for hiking and took them on a trail with me today to give them a try. This trail was kind of overgrown and I was watching out for poison ivy. I had just stepped over a log and heard a funny noise just in front of me. I screamed at first and then it jumped up and off the trail. It was a huge turkey!!! It was really gobbling but then it started to run at me to chase me off. I backed up and kept backing up and it got really agressive and started running after me down the trail, gobbling up a storm. Holy smokeys!!! I had my poles in front of me prepared to use them if it came close enough but I guess it thought it had chased me far enough, and made me scream a second time quite loud.
I didn't think that turkeys could be agressive like that but I did a quick search and it looks like they are. There is a neighbourhood near Boston that is battling these birds. Looks like the story is from November 2006. www.npr.org/templates/st
Nothing like a 30 pound bird chasing you to give you a start first thing in the morning. I had my camera with me too but who thinks of grabbing a camera when a bird is trying to run you down.