Wild Turkeys in Our Yard
First, came the solitary hen.
This was a few years ago. We made the same mistake that a lot of the neighbors did. We fed her.
Next, "Pinky" started showing up with a bunch of her friends. Eventually, the toms showed up too, and that was a problem, because the toms are territorial, protective of the hens, and very aggressive. They started chasing kids around the neighborhood.
Eventually, the police and the Animal Control Department had to step in. Oh, how I wish I could find the news video out there on the web somewhere, Lord knows I've tried, but it was hilarious watching them running around and falling all over each other like Keystone Kops trying to fire their nets over these birds and capture them. It was great footage, accompanied by the sound of frantic gobbling and the great "woosh-woosh" of turkey wings beating the air like helicopter blades.
Eventually they were all successfully gathered up and transported down to Plymouth Plantation for display, although I'm not sure of their long term fate...
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!