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Turkey trespassers

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- After being cooped up all winter it could be nice to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  However, for Darlene Thompson nature is knocking at her back door.

On any given day there are squirrels, nuthatches, chickadees and cardinals in Thompson's backyard.  But what has been frequenting her lawn lately are wild turkeys.
Emerging from the woods one by one, on any given day, the flock of bird will pay the Thompson residence a visit.  So often in fact, they're on a first name basis.
"Hen-rietta," said Thompson.  "Queen Tia.  Because she gets the food she wants and the others move out of her way.  And the Tia stands for turkey in authority."

On this particular day, none of the toms decided to make the trip but they're no strangers either.  "Some of the toms I call Tom, Dick, and Harry," she said.  "And one member of the 'old boys club' I dubbed Little Tommy because he had just a few strands of a beard.  And then two bully toms came along and I called them Khadafi and Dick Tater."

Throughout the winter, Thompson would always keep an eye out the window.  With a camera in tow she kept plenty busy.  "It was definitely fun to see their displaying act and how their head color can change on the Tom is just a few seconds. So it might be all red, or red crown with white around the eye.  Or the really bright red caruncles... the bottom ones look like balloons ready to pop."

It's cheap entertainment depending how much seed she goes through, but when the daily ration runs out, it's time for these turkeys to hit the trail.

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