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All this time at home gives us a chance to see more of the backyard wildlife. This past week, we’ve had visits from Wild Turkeys and Turkey Vultures. Clearly Spring is in the air. I think the Wild Turkeys found out that hunting season is cancelled and they are especially boastful about their presence.

Both of these species have odd characteristics starting with their heads. The turkey’s is bright blue and the vulture’s head is red. Neither species has feathers on its head. Turkeys were introduced to Washington as a game bird. They can be a pest especially if large flocks of them move into your neighborhood. Vultures are native birds. They have a very keen sense of smell and eat carrion where they find it.

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