The warm weather not only makes Nebraskans want to get out of the house after being cooped up for months. It is also having an impact on turkeys. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesman Greg Wagner says there have been a number of reports of turkeys on roadways and wandering into yards and streets. He says it is the start of their breeding season so the “gobble’ will be a common sound for a while.
“Folks may hear the turkeys gobbling and also see the toms in strut mode.”
Wagner says if you see a bunch of turkeys, take the time to watch for a while.
“Enjoy them at a distance. They really are kind of fun and cool to watch. Grab your camera and take some pictures. Right now those toms are doing some gobbling and doing some strutting as well.”
Wagner says seeing turkeys on a road or highway will not be uncommon so get ready to wait. They aren’t frightened like a deer or other animals.
“The deer will run across the road but the turkeys may be there for a while so just be cautious in areas especially where you have creeks and woodlands nearby.”
Wagner says if you do need to stop and wait for turkeys to cross the road, don’t get out of your vehicle.
“They may gobble at your vehicle. They may fan out but they are trying to establish their dominance over another bird they are seeing a reflection of on your vehicle.”
Wagner says turkeys may also be out looking for food. He says they can be spotted in both rural and urban areas.