Did you really think I wouldn’t make Birding Thursday‘s bird a Wild Turkey!? I know it’s a day late, but I was busy driving over 400 miles in the past twenty-four hours. Lets just say my butt hurts, my knees are stiff and my eyes dried out. But, I’m at home now with my kitty and nursing a headache with some…NSYNC Christmas music…you know you like it!
First though, you Birding Thursday Bird: The Wild Turkey
The Wild Turkey is actually a very beautiful and majestic bird. They are adorned with over 5,000 feathers that have iridescence, with colors like red, green, copper, bronze and gold. The males are the ones with the big display feathers, which during courtship are accompanied by their famous “gobble gobble” call and a dance.
Wild Turkeys almost went extinct back in the 1930′s due to over hunting but because of conservation efforts there are now more than 7 million in 5 different subspecies across the US. Before Europeans came over and introduced the turkey to their country, Native Americans were very fond of the turkey. Not only was it used as a meal to sustain them, but also used to decorate their head-dresses for ceremonies.
The female turkey usually has a clutch with 10-12 chicks each spring, who have to be able to easily move out of the nest and go find food with her up to 24 hours are they hatch!
I have had the delight of seeing several of the turkey varieties including the ones found in California, Texas and Florida.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Mine was quite the drive, as I ended up going to three seperate ones all over Orange County, but it was wonderful being able to see friends and family. Of course I got not group pictures, but I’m sure you can imagine…lots of people and food.
The first meal I attended was over at my Dad’s side of the family, where I found out how well my counsin, uncle and soon to be cousin in law did on their Turkey Trot…the one I was supposed to run (sad times; I missed running it!). The weather was perfect for them so they had a great race, and were glad for all the food we had to eat afterwards! One of my cousins, also vegan, did an awesome job of providing a feast for me to dig into and feel satisfied aftwards.
He brought a vegan loaf with stuffing in it, some mushroom gravy, vegan mashed potatoes, green beans with mushrooms and garlic, and kale in some spices. I went back for some more green beans, a homemade roll and fresh veggies afterwards and was set!
Unfortunately I had to jet set soon after eating so I missed dessert, but my mom brought me some apple pie and carrot cake home to have today..and let me just say, my cousin makes one AWESOME carrot cake…sad I didn’t get a picture of it!
I headed off with Whit to my old college roommates house down in Dana Point to help her finish making some mashed potatoes and gravy before heading to her parents where I was greeted with this spread:
The majority of it I didn’t have the luck of tasting because of dietary constraints, but my roomie always makes to sure to cook some things vegan. I was able to each some great salad, butternut squash, roasted potatoes and some pita with tomato paste and spices (I don’t remember the name, but it was good!). I brought an Applesauce Cake via my grandma’s old recipe but couldn’t stay to have any because I wanted to get to my Mom’s brother’s house to have her dessert: Apple Pie.
I am the biggest sucker for apple pice during Thanksgiving, since I absolutley HATE pumpkin pie. Yes, you read that right, I hate pumpkin pie. Doesn’t bother me though, because it means more apple pie for me!
I totally had two slices…or at least the insides of two pieces. Why don’t I make apple pie year round!?
By the end of the night Whit was asleep in the passenger seat and I had the A/C on high to keep me awake and alert…some help Whit was! LOL.
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and I look forward to reading about all the good food you ate!