Back in late March, we received a bunch of e-mails from readers and friends describing wild turkey sightings across Alameda. We even caught a glimpse of one ourselves, perched on a neighbor’s roof one morning as we walked to school.
It was all quiet on the turkey front for close to two months, but over the weekend The Island got word that turkeys had again been sighted – and there were babies. Here’s an e-mail from Lisa Baker, who spotted a turkey and baby Saturday on Taylor Avenue:
My husband, dog, and I pulled up in front of our house yesterday afternoon, and as we got out of our car, a MOTHER WILD TURKEY with a tiny baby turkey, walked out of our neighbor’s yard onto the sidewalk right next to us!! We all gaped as the mum walked calmly up the sidewalk into the adjoining neighbor’s side yard, the teensy fluffy baby toddling along under her body.
Baker said she’d seen wild turkeys in the Berkeley hills before, but always in large flocks, and never with babies. “I have NEVER seen a wild turkey in Alameda, even in the wilder park areas like Crab Cove. I mean, think of the city streets – and the estuary – she would have to negotiate to get here!!” she said.
Thanks are due to Kendra Capen, who sent us the pic you see to your left. She saw the turkey on May 27 on Ninth Avenue, with a pair of babies.
And just before press time, we got an e-mail from James Williamson’s dad, Ernie, who sent us this amazing pic his son got of the turkey and chick near Washington Elementary School last Monday.
Got any more turkey sightings or pictures? Feel free to drop us a line.