Readers’ wildlife photos

My friend Betsy, who is visiting with her brilliant husband Tim (he made me write that adjective) showed me several pictures of an unusual incursion of wildlife at Harvard University. Her notes:

When I left my office one morning a few weeks ago, I encountered two unusual visitors at the Graduate School of Education.  One was perched on the bike rack about twelve feet from the building’s entrance, and for moment I thought that this was some kind of joke, like a stuffed turkey that someone had placed there. And then it moved.

I understand that Cambridge has recently been invaded by wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo), so this is not unheard of.



  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Is this the guy who guards the bicycles?

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

      I thought it was contemplating stealing one of those bikes and going for a joy ride.

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

        We have them around Berkeley, CA, and a few weeks ago, they were in my neighborhood, running around the streets. Not long ago, several of them were sitting on the fence behind my apt. building making their turkey noises. I couldn’t tell if they were males or females.

        • Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:48 am | Permalink

          This is a male, they have extra red fleshy stuff on their face, and on their chest slightly below their necks they have a hairy protrusion like a little course horse tail! 🦃

        • Liz
          Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:49 am | Permalink

          I see them once in a blue moon in northern NJ. I don’t recall ever seeing them in MA.

  2. Posted June 29, 2018 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    We have lots of them around Here! They don’t attack humans as a general rule! I try to get close for photos and they just move away, or run, or take flight! 🦃

  3. busterggi
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    You know he’s rebel as he’s not wearing a helmet.

  4. Hempenstein
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    They prowl the U Pittsburgh campus from time to time, too. Particularly hilarious was the flock I once saw in front of the School of Business there.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Enrolling, or graduating? Summa cum laude with cranberry?

  5. SnowyOwl
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Turkeys and Coyotes are well established inside the Rt 128 MA corridor.

  6. enl
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if they eat the ginko fruit? Almost 30 years, and I still have nightmares about the smell….

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