Alpha turkey struts through Newton Centre

Giant turkey in Newton Center

Chris Rich spotted this Butterball on a Newton Center lawn today.

Copyright Chris Rich. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.



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    Just in time for barbecue season.


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    This would perfect to try out the rotisserie attachment for my grill. MMMMM

    If that was my lawn

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    I'd keep an eye out for baby turkeys in the near future. That looks like a mating display.

    Thanks all

    ..for your appreciations.

    That one was on Warren Street when I checked a route from Newton Centre T to the cluster of conservation parcels between the Riverside line and the Chestnut Hill Mall.

    I discovered I could induce him to display by making click noises.

    There is a great urban forest over there. And it is mainly a dog walker scofflaw user situation, probably Arboretum lite.

    I learned a trick for them too. You ignore the humans while extolling and greeting the dog, like this..

    "Hi there poochie, you're a beautiful dog... where's your leash?"

    My fave was the hausfrau who mentioned how she likes 'having the place to herself' , to which my reply was "I should think so, seein' as how you like to ignore the property owners rules.."

    I also promised her I'd be uploading trail videos soon so people from the ghetto can come and get fresh air and nature with a hike.

    The whole experience led me to invent a new photo album concept.. "Massholes" with a hat tip to Swirls..

    It gives me a place to put my growing collection of shots of clown locals doing what they do best, being self centered, inept dicks.

    Dog goons, half-assed contractors and truck dolts will probably be regular features.

    So angry, Chrissy.

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    Is it possible for you to make a comment here without delving into misanthropy? I enjoyed the turkey photo. Keep 'em coming.

    It's a thankless task

    .. but someone's gotta do it.

    In more cheering news, ladyslippers are in bloom.

    And that is what it's really about. The Webster/Hammond/Houghton Garden cluster is grand on so many levels from its unusual variety of pudding stone formations to the hawks overhead.

    It would be great to see more people get to explore it.

    The trails rock and it's a short walk from the Chestnut Hill or Newton Centre stops.

    The most poignant detail, in a way, is the abundance of chestnut shrub ghosts of what must have once been a very impressive grove.

    For those who don't know, American Chestnuts were destroyed by blight but they still send shoots up from the roots that linger as shrubs.

    They are everywhere in this open space forest. And it has cool features with names like "Gooch's Cave" and "Cake Rock".

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    The handy map:

    The hazards of running the tom turkey gauntlet are well worth it.

    They probably carry the weight of memory from ancient times when chestnuts were abundant for the eating. The vexed chest puffing is perfectly understandable.

    Saw one, too

    My wife and I saw a male proudly displaying his plumage in Northboro yesterday during a bike ride. We had to stop to take a good look. Didn't see any ladies around.

    We too hold "Memorial Day"

    We too hold "Memorial Day" 'parades' in full regalia in memoriam of the fallen in our heroic struggle to liberate our ancestral lands. Future generations must be aware of our sacrifices and the price of our freedom and liberty as a rafter.

    On Brookline hills the mayflowers grow
    Between the trees, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the route-9 traffic below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    On Brookline hills.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing talons we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though mayflowers grow
    On Brookline hills.

    People are ignorant.

    If there were only a few hundred turkeys left in the wild, it would be placed on the endangered species list. Because they're factory farmed and pumped with liquid chemicals and antibiotics (which directly contributes to America's cancer rates, diabetes, and the obesity epidemic), ignorant people have no problem eating them. The previous comments about grilling these beautiful birds,... no doubt you're fat, lazy, and unhealthy and continue to put a financial strain on our health care system, i hope your last half breath is taken with a turkey bone lodged in your throat.


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    Lighten UP Francis!

    ps. I have a great recipe for Turkey Kabobs.

    Picking at the bone

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    1) If there were only a few hundred anything left, they'd be endangered.
    2) Not all turkey farms use "liquid chemicals and antibiotics".
    3) There's no evidence that "liquid chemicals and antibiotics" are causing cancer, diabetes, nor obesity. The worry from overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, not what you mentioned at all.
    4) Because they're farmed and chemical-laden, ignorant people eat them? That doesn't follow from itself. Even if they weren't farmed or chemical-laden, I'm pretty sure ignorant people would still eat them. For example, the bluefin tuna is neither farmed nor chemical-laden, and yet we still eat them even as their numbers dwindle to extinction.
    5) Someone choosing to grill their turkey is probably not fat, lazy, nor unhealthy since turkey is low in fat and high in protein. Grilling is also one of the more healthy methods of cooking meat.
    6) Turkey bones are huge and not likely to make it into anyone's throat. However they do make an awesome stock.

    The big problem with antibiotics

    Agricultural use of antibiotics is contributing to antibiotic resistance:

    Not veterinary use to treat infections, use to make animals grow faster. This is becoming a very serious problem.

    Although it is easy enough in New England to buy turkeys from a local source and ask plenty of questions about how they are raised. I find that l like the meat better anyway - fresher, more flavorful.


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    My BMI is 19 and I'm wicked healthy, 'cause I eat lots of healthy, lean, filling turkey.

    And this guy is organic, grass-fed, free-range, which makes him all the more enticing! Excuse me while I sharpen my cleaver.

    BMI of 19

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    Get this lady some pork rinds, stat!!! Better yet, French fried potatoes with curd cheese and gravy.

    Humans are animals, too

    We are also omnivores - pointy teeth, mid-length gut. Just sayin.

    Stop being such a misanthrope and wishing death on people.

    I remember being chased by Turkey!

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    Whenever I see a turkey, I always remember being chased by a turkey when I was 8. I'm chasing it to barbecue it! ^_^

    Oh yeah?

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    "He thinks he's the cock of the walk, but he's the cock of nothing!"

    ~Montgomery Burns