It appears that my invitation to the “wild” turkey that has been cruising West Seattle to come and visit has been fully accepted.
Yesterday I saw him for the first time. More accurately I heard him first (see The Wild Turkey Comes Calling). After taking some photos I sent Reiki to the situation on his behalf, that he might find what he was seeking. I also told him that he was very welcome to stay in the neighborhood if he wished. [Later, I realized that he was actually a she.]
Every day I put nuts out for my crow friend Rogue and the squirrels. Both come calling at my front door. The squirrels can be really pushy, and will bang on the window if they don’t get immediate service. I jokingly refer to my home office as the Wild Rose Café.
This morning I opened my front door to find the turkey standing right there, looking in, and asking for breakfast. Apparently he had heard the rumors. In the background Rogue paced, and the squirrels scurried wildly around, unsure about the new addition. Everyone was hungry and eager for service, but what to feed a turkey?
First I threw out a handful of nuts which everyone rushed for, including the turkey, which was quite a sight. But nuts were not his preferred food of choice, so I went and got a scoop of my special Super No Waste Bird Seed which contains hulled bird seed with peanut bits, whole sunflower hearts, cracked corn and Nyjer seed. While he watched me carefully, I poured out a pile onto the sidewalk, and he gracefully came over to check it out. It was not perfect, but more to his taste than straight nuts.
After he dined a bit, he walked over and drank out of Rogue’s birdbath, had a bit more breakfast, and then sampled the water from the ground level birdbath. After that he wandered on down the street where he had a bit of an interaction with two neighbor cats. It was an interesting dance. They were more curious than anything else, but the turkey was not going to be run out of his territory. One of the cats decided to take up a position behind a shrub, and the turkey slowly advanced on her until she was forced to give up her position.
A little later he returned, warning the squirrels off from HIS pile of food. He puffs up to look really intimidating, and has a go at them. There is a lot of action at the Café this morning!
By this time Night Sky and Manitou were getting a little impatient for their own breakfast. Normally they get fed first. I had to apologize to them for the upset in routine.
And that routine may have to be adjusted since I have the feeling I may have been adopted. Honestly, I am no longer certain that the turkey is wild, but he is welcome to stay.
He is clucking right outside my front door at the moment. Mail delivery may be interesting…
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.