On Sunday morning I woke up to a sort of screeching, clicking, weird throaty sound coming from outside my open bedroom window.
When something squawks and makes a ruckus up there in the tree tops I assume it’s that damn squirrel. He’s always gathering acorns and he makes like a really big deal about it, as if he’s the only squirrel who’s working.
I bet his friends think he’s annoying too.
Anyway, I was groggy, sleeping in a bit after a weekend of singing and late nights. I thought to myself, wow, that squirrel is sounding a little off, like, he’s got laryngitis or something.
Except I wasn’t quite sure about the diagnosis.
Then I wasn’t quite sure it was a squirrel really.
Because it wasn’t.
I stretched and rolled over to take a look and thought, huh, that squirrel has sure grown…into a turkey.
Yup. I guess we have wild turkeys now. Like a lot of them. They come gobbling down from the coulee in the morning to see what’s shaking by the house.
All fifteen or so.
And they’re brave. Because we have a bobcat type animal, remember? And that bobcat type animal is brave too. She’s brave and like not even close to the size of a turkey. She’s more like the size of a pretty small cat, despite her wild pedigree. But it doesn’t matter, she flings her body at them anyway. Like launches herself, full force, paws up, claws out, teeth showing with no regard for what she might do if she actually latched on to one of those things.
I’d like to see that. The damn cat clinging to the back of a turkey as it screeches and flops to safety in the tree outside my window. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.
Good Lord it can get weird out here sometimes.
Anyway, I rolled out of bed to take a look after Husband declared the cat attack. I wanted to see for myself the shenanigans. I wanted to catch a glimpse of these turkeys.
I squinted and shaded my sleepy eyes with my hand and counted…one….two…three…
Six flew and flopped out of my tree…
And one on the roof.
And it’s the same story this morning.
If you need me I’ll be Googling “stuffing recipes”…