Good 55º clear sunny morning.
Yesterday we topped at 101º.
Picture of the Day....
Interesting about Wild Turkeys....
Wild turkeys can fly at speeds of 55 miles per hour. Though the birds are very fast in the air, they can only fly at these speeds for a very short amount of time.
Wild turkeys are relatively fast on the ground as well as in the air. These large birds can run at speeds of 25 miles per hour, making it relatively easy for them to escape from predators. Though turkeys spend large amounts of time on the ground during the day searching for food like insects and berries, they fly into trees at night where they roost with their flock. Wild turkeys can get rather large, and full-grown males can weigh as much as 30 pounds. The large size does not hinder their speed, however.
This bird has been a popular menu item since as early as the sixteenth century, when European explorers took them home from Mexico. Before that, the Aztecs and other Native American groups were already domesticating turkeys both for food and feathers. Wild turkeys still roam the continent—watch for them in open woodlands, along field edges, and in clearings. During the day they spend most of their time on the ground, but at night they roost in trees.
Due to over hunting and deforestation that eliminated wild turkeys’ habitat, these birds were nearly extinct in the 1930s. Today, there are more than seven million wild turkeys, and the population of these birds is increasing in many areas. Their range is spread throughout North America, from Canada to Mexico.
- The average lifespan of a wild turkey is 3-5 years, and the oldest known wild turkey lived to be at least 13 years old. Domestic birds bred for food only live a few months until they are the appropriate size for commercial slaughter, though breeding pairs may be kept several years.
- In the wild, turkeys range from 5-20 pounds. Domestic turkeys are specially bred to be heavier and could weigh twice as much as their wild cousins depending on their age when they are harvested.
- The wild turkey’s bald head and fleshy facial wattles can change color in seconds with excitement or emotion. The birds’ heads can be red, pink, white, or blue. The flap of skin that hangs down over a turkey's bill is called a snood, and can also change color, size, and shape based on mood and activities.
We have a lot of wild turkeys here.....
They are not native to Oregon. They were first introduced in 1961. Since then more than 10,000 turkeys have been transplanted all over Oregon. There are two subspecies, the Merriam's wild turkey was the first in the state, and the Rio Grand turkey was introduced in 1975.
From Mr. Food...
Thanks to shortcuts like frozen puff pastry, we're able to make jaw-dropping pastries like our Raspberry Cream Danish. These are filled with a homemade cream cheese filling, which makes them extra-special. A raspberry in the center and a sprinkle of powdered sugar are the finishing touches to this bakery-style treat.
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 18 fresh raspberries
Feel free to use any other of your favorite fruits, like blueberries or strawberries.
Historically this date....
1984 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign when she surrenders her crown after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.
And births this date include...
1918 – Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player (d. 1999)
1938 – Charles Harrelson, American convicted murderer; father of Woody Harrelson (d. 2007) Interesting read....
1961 – Woody Harrelson, American actor (same birthday as his father)
............very strange man.
1973 – Monica Lewinsky, American White House intern
Click on her name.... interesting read.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo