Imagine my surprise when I looked out the kitchen window and saw this:
I had never seen a wild turkey growing up in the midwest, but do see them sometimes here in New England. I didn't know they came to bird feeders, though. The turkey was so big, I didn't know if he (she?) could fly. Our back yard is fenced all the way around with four-foot-high fencing.
After the turkey had been in our yard for quite a while, I became concerned that it might be trapped. And even though our standard poodle is now eleven years old, he still loves to chase things. I walked out into the yard to see what the turkey would do. He ran very fast (didn't know turkeys could do that either!) When he got to the fence, he stopped and walked a little next to the fence. Then he hopped up onto the top of the fence and jumped down to the ground on the other side. He ran across the neighbor's yard and was gone.
A friend told me that turkeys do indeed fly, and she sees them sometimes sitting in trees near her house. That, I would love to see. :-)