Jakes, Jennies, Caruncles & Snoods: Vocabulary for Talking Turkey

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As I sat down to write this week’s bird report, I was prepared to talk about the latest mind-bogglingly rare bird to turn up on the Cape. But then I had one of those forehead-slapping realizations where the proper course of action becomes painfully obvious. I’ll get to that rare bird next time, but this week we obviously need to talk turkey. Other than the Bald Eagle, it’s hard to think of a more universally well-known bird than the Wild turkey, given the association with Thanksgiving, and that fact it is the only western hemisphere bird to be domesticated worldwide. And of course there’s that famous letter in which Ben Franklin extols the virtues of Wild Turkeys over Bald Eagles, which he described as “rank cowards." Unless you’re a very recent washashore, you’ve probably noticed that Wild Turkeys have been on the increase on Cape Cod in recent years. Unruly gangs of urban turkeys hang around downtown Falmouth and other semi-urban locations. Maybe you’ve seen the viral video of some

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