Empty roost

I decided to try one of my most dependable roost sites this morning.  The last time I was in there was April fourth & there was only six birds roosted there (one longbeard & the rest were jakes...no hens).  I knew going in that this would probably be my last roost visit.  The Ohio youth hunt on Saturday will kick off my 2015 hunting season.  So I hoped for one more good morning of video!  As I walked in, I noticed that it was beginning to green up for the first time since early March.  When I reached the ridgetop & searched the treetops with my binoculars, I couldn't see any turkeys.  So I pushed on & hoped that once I got closer, I would see them.  But that wasn't the case.  I couldn't find a turkey anywhere!  I zig-zagged as quickly & as quietly as I could searching all the normal roost trees, but came up empty!  There wasn't a single turkey (that I could see) roosting in there!  I was actually shocked because in three years of filming this roost site, that was a first.  So just to be sure, I decided to just sit down & listen at daylight.  I thought maybe they roosted across the hollow or something.  But once it started to break, I didn't hear a peep!...anywhere!  I stuck around for a half hour after sunrise & still never heard any type of turkey noise whatsoever.  I tried to make sense of it as I packed up my gear & headed out of the woods.  I noticed there was some recent turkey sign in the form of wing feathers & droppings that I know wasn't there 12 days ago.  But it was an empty roost today! (& quiet everywhere within earshot as well).     

 

Sunrise:  6:38 a.m.

 

Temperature:  48 degrees (mostly cloudy)

 

Wind:  Calm    

 

Barometer:  28.88 & steady

 

Location:  southwest Pennsylvania

 

# of gobbles heard:  0

   

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