Turkey tom looking for love in the snow

Turkey tom looking for love in the snow
A turkey tom struts during a snowstorm in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

This was a fun encounter! For years I have intermittently seen a lone turkey at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. While the environment is well-suited for them, they aren’t normally seen there and I have only ever seen or heard of someone seeing a single one.

This handsome fellow definitely appeared to be looking for some companionship this past Sunday. He was initially well out into a field but deliberately worked his way closer, fluffing up, strutting and calling out to any would-be mates. The scene around him was perfect too with the subdued winter grass and fresh snow on the ground and falling. It really helped to show off his beautiful colors.

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