Can you believe this was almost our national symbol?
I had heard about a couple of turkeys in Lincoln which had been accosting
cars, and I just had to see this one for myself. I'd driven past the spot
several times (it's on my way to work), but on January 9 I finally got
lucky. Well, it really didn't take much luck. The birds were in the middle
of the road, and indeed, they were attacking cars.
Cars would stop (who wouldn't?) to observe this bizarre behavior, and
once in a while, the driver would get impatient and honk. This noise was
evidently interpreted as communication by the turkeys, who would gobble
back loudly and persistently.
They would peck at the door, the wheels, the bumpers, whatever looked
It wasn't just other cars, they attacked my car as well.
This is my personal favorite photo.
I watched this behavior for over fifteen minutes, but finally one car
stopped, and the owner got out to chase them into the woods, explaining
that they might be hit by a car. Hm. I'm not sure how great a loss that
would be to the gene pool.