Today was apparently the day for Turkey.
- When I arrived at work, there were 8 or 9 turkeys wandering down toward the aviary.
- At Rockland Lake, there were 14 turkeys (at least!) prowling at the edge of one of the seasonally closed parking lots.
In both cases, they were a collection of males and females. From what reading I’ve done during the winter males and females don’t flock together…. so seeing them together makes me wonder if turkey breeding season is approaching. There were definitely males displaying this morning. Unfortunately I can’t find any information on the Internet regarding when turkeys form leks. Leks are the breeding system choice for turkeys. In a lek, males gather together and compete for females. Imagine a boxing ring of turkeys where they rush at each other and bump chests – that is at least what grouse do and I imagine that turkeys do something similar. The females select the most fit males from the center. The favored male entertains all the females.
Lots of birding today! 4 lists for the e-bird today!