I seen 1 hen outside of the game reserve in lake uoptia yesterday evening. I spotted it on the side of the road, but was unable to get a picture as it ran away by the time i got out of the truck. First one that i have seen in the province.
Driving into Moncton from out Salisbury way last week seen 8. Had to do a double take, however turned around and confirmed - yup definitely turkeys. I spotted these in a small field from across what was once Atlantic Baptist College. Then a friend of mine who traps was down on the marsh close to where this was checking his traps and sure enough he spotted the flock as well. I really did not think that we had them this far east, but I guess we do!
How can you tell if it's a wild turkey or an escapee? Is it where you see them? In other words, if you see one in close proximity to a town/city, it's likely an escapee looking for hand outs as they don't know how to find food for themselves in the wild type-of-thing?
Stroover; at this point, geographic location of where you spot them would be the best indicator of the origin of the bird. If we start seeing them somewhere and then there is a big gap between there and where we know there is a population of truly wild turkeys, they probably escaped. That being the case, please keep sending in the reports of sightings. Compared to 5 years ago, the sightings have increased significantly. Wild or escaped, they are considered an Eastern Wild Turkey and will be included as a shootable bird when we get the hunt going. The hunt will weed out the ones that are tame real quick and the escapees that survive will be driven to the woods and become more wary. Either way, we are looking to get any and all information that we can get on the birds. Cheers
I managed to get a video of the group of turkeys in my area. There were supposedly 12 before the winter, I saw ten today. I don't know if its possible to identify if they're wild or not from the video.
There is a group of 30+ (emphasis on +) on my way to work. They are in the same spot 80% of the time I drive by especially lately, its like clockwork for them. And they do not seem to care about much, they are 10-15 meters off the road and do not seem to worry if you pull over to take a photo
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