Although it sounds like a lyrical remix to "Turkey in the Straw" I assure you it's not.
No, this was a surprise encounter the other evening as we were leaving Brown's Lake Bog. The sun was setting, we had a lovely walk, the magnolia warblers were flitting about, it was a good evening. Then as we neared the end of the boardwalk, I look up (as that is the best way to spot warblers) and notice a large figure in the branches - far too large for a warbler - a turkey!
During the waking hours turkeys can be found foraging for seeds, insects, and nuts in forests and fields but once the sun goes down, up in the trees they go.
Despite their size, turkeys are impressive flyers with the ability to fly up to 55mph!
Every evening turkeys make their way up to their favorite tree to roost, unless they're nesting, which they do in a scratched out hole on the ground.
Next time you're out at dusk, take a look up in the big old trees, you might find something new.
Just when you think you know your parks.
Keep exploring, friends!
No matter how chilly, it always warms my soul to see the first of the spring wildflowers start to emerge.
As I follow the seasons, in early spring I take heart in knowing there are some special friends getting ready to wake up from their winter naps. This trip I was met with soft beauty, no matter the weather they're there.
This day was cool with sprinkles. Hepatica was the first bloom, thankfully in the same spot it always is. Lots of greens are beginning to emerge too, the shovel-like leaves of the purple cress, ramps showing off their fluorescent colors, waterleaf with it's lovely watery patterns. As an extra special treat, the foliage of the dutchman's breeches is gathering in large bunches.
As April begins, more things will begin to bloom.
A weekly or even a few times a week, walk will reveal a secret emergence if you take the time to slow down and look.
Walk slowly (usually I can do about 1 mi in an hour), look down, stop often, go solo, speak rarely.
If that sounds tedious, consider it a meditation practice. Breathe in the smells of the world waking up.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.