Spring Or Not, The Turkey Mating Game Goes On

A turkey gobbler displays near the home of Sparky Stensaas, who lives near Wrenshall. (Sparky Stensaas photo)

Today’s the first day of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s spring wild turkey seasons, but it isn’t clear how many gobblers will be out strutting in the snowstorm. Sparky Stensaas of Wrenshall passed along a couple of photos of gobblers that have been visiting his birdfeeders this winter.

“We’ve had up to 14 for much of the winter,” Stensaas said in an e-mail. “They destroyed two of my feeders.”

The toms started displaying April 9 this winter, he said. They were in full-strut when he took these photos through his picture window. The gobblers often face off in full display, Stensaas said. The birds are still very wary of any movement inside the house, he said.

For more of Stensaas’ photography, go to www.thephotonaturalist.com.

A gobbler in full strut. (Sparky Stensaas photo)