Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

The Alternative Crowd

A jittery wild turkey. I thought it was acting young for its large size, but remembered our temperatures were about 30° F. The beard looks deceiving long here because he hovered so low to the ground, an unusual posture for a turkey. 
Birds fluff their feathers to trap heat close to their bodies.

A chickadee finally sticking a tough landing on a thin twig. The chickadee is missing its right foot. Well done my friend, well done....


11 responses

  1. Good morning, you are again up early. :-)

    I love both of your shots. I imagine the turkey is getting a little nervouse, since it is that time of the year. :-)

    About the chickadee, isn’t it amazing how wildlife can find ways to cope with injuries or disabilities?

    Happy Thursday! :-)

    November 17, 2011 at 6:35 am

  2. Amy

    Great pictures!

    November 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Aim!

      November 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

  3. Wow, that’s, uh, wild.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    • melissakoski

      Rev. I thought it was cool in that I live a slow enough life to catch a missing bird foot. (: Probably like your Advent will be…..

      November 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      • Ha; yeah, this life in the fast lane is too much, huh? Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and party on!

        November 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm

  4. I’m glad you pointed out the missing foot. I wouldn’t have noticed – and it is fascinating!

    November 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    • melissakoski

      Jomegat I saw the chickadee wildly fluttering unable to land on a twig and then noticed it was trying to balance on one leg…. THEN I looked closer to see what the foot deal was. I was a little relieved to see (different photos) that the it looked like a birth defect and not a cat affect.

      November 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      • I once had the idea for laser-trimmed grass (beats mowing). The thought of a yard full of bird feet was enough to make me abandon it. Maybe you should check around ;-)

        November 17, 2011 at 11:44 pm

  5. melissakoski

    Early PTO meeting at school today Bob so I HAD to get up and moving. (: I am much more of a late nighter by nature, but these kids have turned my world upside down!

    This chickadee was peppy and holding strong. It’ll be easy to keep an eye on too.

    November 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

  6. The chickadee photo is awesome. You know those inspirational photos that show representational qualities and characteristics of particular nouns such as ‘COURAGE’ or ‘FORTITUDE’? Well the single-foot chickadee would be spot-on for that sort of thing. Resilience, Change, Adapt, etc. It is amazing how in viewing nature we can be inspired and encouraged. Thanks.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:19 am


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