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Tom Turkey

5/ 2/ 20 - David Kotler of Avon sent this week’s photo and writes, “this ‘Tom turkey’ was gobbling quite loudly on Easter morning. Dressed in his ‘Sunday Best,’ it didn’t take long for some females to arrive.” Jay Kaplan, director at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, writes, “It is now breeding season for wild turkeys. Males can be seen on field edges, on your lawn or even in the middle of a roadway. The males puff out their feathers, spread their tails and drag their wings. This behavior, designed to entice the females, is called strutting. When excited, their heads turn bright red and blue. When all is said and done, it is left for the female to incubate the eggs and raise the young, known as poults.” If


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