How turkeys fly

Turkeys do fly. But they're built more for running, with powerful legs. Those legs, though, come in handy when the birds do take to the air. Unlike other large birds that need a relatively long runway to launch themselves skyward, turkeys can basically just jump up and take off — sort of the helicopter to other birds' 747.

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  1. Thanksgiving isn't complete without that video.

  2. Just popping in to make sure someone posted the WKRP clip and to say how awesome Bailey Quarters was. That is all.

  3. Turkeys are powerful fliers but I have also followed their tracks walking for more than a quarter mile in the snow. I once thought I was about to be run over by a herd of deer, but it was a flock of turkeys running towards me. While hunting on a clear still subfreezing morning a turkey came off the ridge and glided across the open field at high speed. At 30 yards away we could hear it Zoooooommm like a dive bomber.

  4. My Mom's property is host to a flock of wild turkeys, and I have witnessed their jumps first hand. We used to have a flat-top bird feeder on a pole (had to get rid of it when black bears started using it as a snack bar), and the turkeys would sometimes show up to pick at the seed that smaller birds knocked out and/or pick at the barberries that grow near the house.

    During one particularly snowy winter, when I guess scratching in the woods was hard, I saw a turkey hen actually do a ground-level standing jump over 6' straight up and land on the flat top of the bird feeder. She then craned her neck around and flailed at the seed, getting some for herself and sending most of the feeder contents onto the snow for the rest of the flock. It was an impressive sight. When our phone rang, they ALL took off in a great flurry of feathers and scattered seed. Those things can go FAST.

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