Archive for May 22nd, 2012

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Benjamin Franklin’s Most Noble Bird

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Americans have adopted various animals as their state and national symbols.  Wisconsin’s state bird is the Robin, while the state wildlife animal is the Whitetail Deer.

The federal government has also adopted animal symbols such as the national bird, which is the Bald Eagle.  Benjamin Franklin, however, had wanted the Wild Turkey as the national symbol, calling it, “A most noble bird” when he tried to persuade his friends in the national government to adopt the Wild Turkey as the national symbol.

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I took these photos very early Sunday morning.  This turkey was wandering through a picnic area where I parked.

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Usually very skittish, this Wild Turkey slowly walked away from me while I took photos.

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When she made it to the hiking trail, she hurried into the woods and disappeared.  Later, as I walked back through the area to return to my truck I heard a fawn bawling.  They make a weak bawling noise similar to a calf, or, more accurately, as a friend describes it, “like a sick calf.”  I heard two fawns bawling while I hiked through the park, so I know at least two fawns have already been born and if I’m lucky enough I’ll be able to get shots of them over the next couple of weeks.

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