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Wild turkey nest

Meleagris gallopavo


Wild turkey nest. The second photo is the same nest on 13 days later, on June 1.


I found the nest when I accidentally disturbed the mother in a blackberry patch. She moved a few yards away and pretended to be injured, just like in an episode of Wild Kingdom. I took one quick picture and moved on so she could get back to incubating the eggs. No sign of the mom or babies when I went back about two weeks later; just shells.

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drP 11 years ago

Thanks, Indawoods. It was definitely special.

Indawoods 11 years ago

Never seen a nest and eggs too, cool

drP 11 years ago

Thanks, DonnaBellenbach. This is the only one I've come across.

DonnaBollenbach 11 years ago

Very cool spot. Seen many a turkey, but no nests.

drP 11 years ago

My non-expert opinion is that the eggs hatched. I think that if the eggs were eaten, the shells would have been significantly more broken. The fact that the eggs are broken about in half is what I'd expect from hatching.

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Do you think they hatched naturally or were found and eaten?

drpalombella 11 years ago

Thanks, YukoChartraw

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Wonderful finds!

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2006
Submitted on Feb 16, 2013

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