Archive for April, 2013

Apr 23 2013

Today’s Unwelcome Visitor: Wild Turkey!

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Wild Turkey on Gabriola Island

Wild turkey in the garden. First it was peacocks, now this!

There is a certain irony to today’s unwelcome visitor. After only a week since ridding our property of a  flock of pesky feral peacocks, we’ve been invaded again. Wild turkeys wreak just as much havoc as peacocks, but without the aesthetics. It’s like we’ve gone down market, to Walmart instead of  Barneys.

There are several flocks of wild turkey roaming our island. Like peacocks, they are the bane of gardeners. They often stop traffic as they meander across the road. I’ve always enjoyed encountering them on my outings, secure in the knowledge that our neighborhood has never been plagued by them. Until now!

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Apr 11 2013

The Great Peacock Roundup – The Video

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Watch Doug and Steve in action at: http://youtu.be/L_Hej_8CnXo

 

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Apr 10 2013

The Great Peacock Roundup – Part II

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The great peacock roundup went better than expected. No one got scratched. The secret: blankets! Once a peacock’s head is covered, it immediately stops moving. Steve was able to grab one peacock at a time, wrap it up and place it in his van. They didn’t move while he drove them to their new home on the other side of the island. This morning, the mother of the flock, who has evaded capture so far, arrived on the property calling for her brood — a very sad sound indeed!

 

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