Just as I reached the top of the hill at around 5:30, I noticed how quickly the clouds had encompassed the sky! I heard three gobblers and each of them had a lack of passion, probably, due to the darkened pre-dawn sky. I, believe, I only heard a total of six gobbles! However, I saw a nice, silent strutter with several hens later on. At this site, I saw six deer (twice) and a couple of others across the hollow. I transplanted some blue flag ( a native iris) that I had planted along this Cherry Run tributary last year. Some had washed out from high water, but their roots were still attached to the edge of the stream’s bank. I separated them and replanted about the bottomland area. They are spreading fast!
Farther down the hollow, I checked a field and hastedly hit the ground upon seeing five jakes emerging from the woods to enter the recently worked field. As I watched them, I turned to my right and saw two more jakes soon to be followed by five more jakes. Boy, did I get some photos! One of the young gobblers spotted the unusual looking mass…ME! He walked curiously up to me followed by some of his pals! I guess they were somewhere between ten and twelve feet from me at one point in time!
Farther along the hill top, I noticed three hens feeding in a field with four more jakes approximately 300 yards from me. They stood straight obviously, staring at something. Approximately forty yards from the four birds I noticed, to their left, a red fox standing in the field. At this time, I witnessed something that is still so amazing to me! The birds walked up to the standing fox and a couple of the birds stretched out their necks and almost touched the foxes snout. They all stood around for a few minutes and the fox eventually walked on. They appeared to be friends. Thoughts of Isaiah scripture came to mind expressing about the time when the earth will be restored to it’s original plan where all wildlife will be at rest and peace! … A great scenerio!
I, also, saw a baby bunny and a squirrel. All told I saw, at least 28 turkeys! When I came home I saw a green heron fly to the back yard stream and a kingfisher flying busily along my “crick”!
This sunrise photo was about 6:00 A.M. Sights such as these are what pushes my treks to the woods!