Turkeys Prowling the Streets of Morro Bay

28 Apr

Postcard shot

Our trip to Morro Bay was marred by an unpleasant incident. Morro Bay is a sleepy little touristy town on the Central California coast. It’s utterly beautiful and very fun. Not a wild party town — just a fun, relaxing town. Or so we thought. But, as we were driving through Morro Bay, we saw three wild and crazy turkeys cruising the streets looking for love. It was really upsetting. These guys thought they could cruise around the neighborhoods looking for action. I don’t know what this world is coming to. . . .

Of course, I had to speak their language — I don’t know what came over me. In the video, the first two “gobbles” are me, calling to them. The last one is them answering me.

Happy singer

Not all the birds I saw were turkeys. I didn’t have much time for bird watching but I did find this happy singer! (Any clues what it is?)


Update: Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)


13 Responses to “Turkeys Prowling the Streets of Morro Bay”

  1. jayne 28 April, 2008 at 2:46 am #

    LOLOL… how funny Liza! Just your average neighborhood turkeys!
    Is it a wren of some type? (Thought won’t venture to guess which species of wren.)

  2. Lynne at Hasty Brook 28 April, 2008 at 4:56 am #

    Looks like a wren to me too.

  3. Liza Lee Miller 28 April, 2008 at 5:14 am #

    Thanks, ladies! After a good night’s sleep and your suggestions, I am 99% sure that it’s a Bewick’s Wren! Yay!

  4. jodyss 28 April, 2008 at 6:23 am #

    What a hilarious way to start a Monday. Thank you. I’m not going to say anything about what qualities you might possess that allow you to speak fluent Turkey, though.

  5. BEG 28 April, 2008 at 7:01 am #

    Freaking huge turkeys! I think I would have turned tail and run, myself 😉

  6. Bobbie 28 April, 2008 at 7:49 am #

    Happiest looking little wren I’ve ever seen!

  7. Mary 28 April, 2008 at 11:07 am #

    Well, you really had me going as I was expecting something really horrible! What a laugh I had! You do a great gobble imitation, too!

    Look like a Carolina Wren or a Song Sparrow throwing its head back in a song.

  8. robin andrea 28 April, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    What a great video. You speak turkey very well. They answered. Doesn’t get better than that. Beautiful wren shot too.

  9. Corey 28 April, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    Nice video…and I can’t wait until the next time I am in California so I can track down a Bewick’s Wren again!

  10. Susan Gets Native 28 April, 2008 at 7:56 pm #

    Hoodlum turkeys. What next, I ask?
    The world’s gone to Hell.

  11. Wende 29 April, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    Oh, look at those blue skies! I’m envious.

  12. Chuck 14 February, 2009 at 2:40 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed our resident gobblers. Trust me, no one in the neighborhood bothers them, they pretty much go wherever they please!


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