Misha alerts!

As I was making breakfast in the kitchen this morning, Misha The Formerly Very Shy Dog shot out of the bedroom and raced to the front door, barking her fool head off, as she is wont to do. Of course, Milady followed her to see what the ruckus was all about. Sometimes Misha is announcing that there is someone at the door; more often, the cause is unknown. We speculate that a leaf dropped onto the driveway — the neighbor’s driveway, or perhaps on the other side of the lake.

Misha is an ALERT watchdog.

A few minutes later I glanced out the window and saw the cause of her excitement.

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A second photo with a little tweaking reveals this:

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Mama Turkey and her two chicks!

I never saw a wild turkey for the first 20 or so years we were here; in the past few weeks I have seen as many as in the last eight. Wild turkeys everywhere! Occasionally a small flock grazing in last year’s cornfield, more often just one thinking of crossing the road. This is the first one I have seen on our property (although Bear (R.I.P.) once tangled with a flock at the end of our driveway (unobserved by me) and carried the scars to prove it).

Here in the Great North Woods, the excitement never stops.

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3 Responses to Misha alerts!

  1. Kym says:

    JoJo is also an ALERT watchdog. She takes her duties as Perimeter Control Chief VERY seriously. She has been known to turn herself inside out when she sees geese walking in the yard across the street and far down the hill. Funny dogs. Adorable turkey-chick!

  2. Yes, very cute! I had read that the wild turkey was GONE, gone, gone from the Eastern US, and that they were reintroduced several decades ago and now have made a GREAT comeback. This just goes to show that when we do put our minds as a society to correct problems that have not gone TOO far, when we realize our mistakes, with collective will, planning and action, we can make the changes to come back from disaster. This is what I hope and pray will happen with out commitment to the environment, despite the present administration’s position. Over 150 mayors of major cities in the USA have asserted their commitment to reducing greenhouse commissions from CO2 and so have a handful of several states, California being a big one. If people make choices that are different, it can make changes. Phil owns an electric bike. We have 6 rain barrels. We compost and grow our own vegetables and many fruits. We own a solar oven. We use a gravity-fed wood pellet stove in the winter. We have on-demand hot water use, not a water tank that has to stay hot. Due to a big tree, solar panels are not going to work for us, but I keep my eyes open.

  3. Gobble gobble and little gobblers too!

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