If the first three pictures look familiar, it is because they were previously posted in July of this year. At that time three mature hens brought their chicks close to the house where the meadow grass was short. The young were within mother's sight and food was easy to find. The pictured group were taking dust baths at the end of a path under construction. They were very close to the house.
Here mom and the babies are moving away from the house while still finding food to eat.
One of the hens used our stone wall still under construction to give her chicks flying lessons. They would walk up the wall to the highest point, flap their wings as instructed and launch themselves into the air.
This picture was taken this morning. Recently the turkeys have been seldom seen here, but this morning a group numbering more than thirty returned for a visit. It was a genuine mood booster to see these resident birds gathered together.
Now I realize that thirty is much too large a group for a Thanksgiving get together this year. Clearly these turkeys did not read the governor's memo. For them there is safety in grouping together and this place is their home.