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All these turkeys on the road

September 3rd, 2009 (07:36 am)

...and I'm not talking about drivers. This morning, as I came around a bend in the road, I spotted three turkeys just standing there. In the other lane, fortunately.

This was on Mill Rd. in Chelmsford.

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)

Yeah, there are some that are around here; remember last year they were in our yard.

Pic: http://pics.livejournal.com/cvirtue/pic/000dd1qb/g11

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)

Oh, yeah, I had forgotten that.

Posted by: kahnegabs (kahnegabs)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)

We find a lot of (feathered) turkeys on the road near where I teach too. They just fill up the street and take their sweet time crossing. No fear!

Posted by: ariannawyn (ariannawyn)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Wait what

I think it must be the season. I had to shoo three of them off my driveway yesterday, and last weekend we had to wait for a flock of 14 crossing our street not far from where it meets the main drag. Our street is one-lane and people go slowly because it's windy and rutted. On the main drag big trucks go 55, so they'd be out of luck if any of the idiot birds wandered out there at the wrong time.

Posted by: Justin du Coeur (jducoeur)
Posted at: September 4th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)

Ah -- time to apply science! We *also* tend to have large numbers of turkeys roaming around on Mill St. here in Burlington. Based on all the principles of modern science, as evidenced in all the best current radio and television entertainment, this correlation indicates that cause and effect is at work here.

I hypothesize that there is an ancestral relationship between turkeys and mills -- probably something having to do with a deep-seating grudge about taking all that corn from them and grinding it up. Turkeys clearly sense that all of these "Mill" roads used to have physical mills at them, and are seeking revenge.

There are fine implications here for improving turkey-catching techniques. In theory, with a large enough clearly-displayed millstone, we should be able to get them swarming all around it...

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: September 4th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)

Or at least milling around it.

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