So, election day, Lorene came to see me with the babies. Here she is, below. Her babies, who have successfully avoided fox, coyotes hawks, eagles and bobcats, have grown into beautiful young adults. I'm sure Lorene had something to do with their survival in our predator heavy world here on the coast of southeastern Connecticut. I was kind of surprised her runt has survived. I call her itty bitty . She's a bit too small, but she sure is resilient. I'm sure siblings help Mom look after her.
I knew Lorene was back because I heard loud drake grumblings and quaking in my yard. Drakes can get aggressive with each other and sometimes squirrels. When I looked out the window, there she was-- Lorene, wings spread out, her leg lifted, hopping up then scratching the duck. I've never ever seen a turkey go after anything. They fight with their feet. She did a little pecking, but her big weapons were her long fingers and talons. I suspect the Drake came strutting in and saw the runt, figured she was an easy target so pecked at her for the hell of it. There was no corn out there at the time, but maybe he was going after the few seeds that had fallen from the bird feeder. Drakes peck at others, quack, strut, pull feathers out if they can. All a show. They have their colors and feel sexy and aggressive. Which means they want to mate or fight or both.
Lorene kicked his butt. It's what females do best.
I was so impressed with her defense of the babies that I took all of them a little corn. When I walked out, Lorene came right up to me. Other turkeys run as soon as a human appears. Not Lorene. She wants corn, and she will come right up to the patio and demand it. She's tough, aggressive when necessary, and yet peaceful and kind to her babies.
She ate, then they strutted around the yard. Peaceful, calm, aware.
And that is what we'll all do today when we vote. We will be like the female turkeys. We will be peaceful, calm, aware. We will look after those who cannot look after themselves. And if any asshole tries to intimidate, we will kick their butt.
Vote for peace. Vote for a kinder country. Vote to save our great planet.
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