Bearded duo

It was a little warmer this morning than yesterday, twenty degrees actually.  But the moon was very bright again & there was a lot less cloud cover.  I knew it would make it very difficult to get in tight to a roost (IF they were in there again).  I topped the ridge & began to scan the treetops, but I couldn't find a turkey anywhere!  It was a little breezy, so I thought they might be roosted down in a little farther becuase of the wind.  So I continued sneeking in there & searching as I went.  But I didn't see a bird anywhere!  I looked very hard with binoculars & checked all the large oaks they've been roosting in...nothing!  I was just about to call it quits when I noticed a blob in a tree maybe 100 yards away!  It was one of the last few trees I had to check before I would have called it quits.  Sure enough, I could see two birds!  I checked the surrounding trees for other birds, but I didn't see any more.  I figured they had to be gobblers, only being two of them.  So I eased over to them & was fortunate to get within 20 yards & set up.  When filming roost sites, I really like to get under hens & listen to them call.  But I would have to settle for these two gobblers.  So I got my camera gear set up & settled in...I watched the gobbler on the right spit & strut for what seemed like forever as the moon shined brightly on him.  It really was a beautiful sight that I wish I could have captured with a camera.  But the lighting would just not allow it.   As daybreak approached they both began to gobble!  As a matter of fact, they gobbled pretty good...on their own, at other gobblers in the distance & at crows.  Just when there was enough light to see the ground well, I heard wingbeats from behind me!  I looked up & saw a bird sail over my head & land on the opposite sidehill!  It looked to be a hen.  I had no idea she was even there!  She never made a sound!  Shortly after, the gobbler on my left pitched down into the bottom & the other soon followed.  I watched them head up the opposite side towards that hen & walk out of sight.  It was not a good morning for hen talk, but I sure did get some good footage of a couple gobblers on the limb doing their thing!  I'll give it a break for a few days, maybe visit a different roost site & hope for the best the next time I get in there!


Sunrise:  7:15 a.m.


Temperature:  47 degrees


Wind:  5 mph (gusts up to 10 mph)


Barometer:  29.93 & steady


Location:  southwest Pennsylvania


# of gobbles heard:  55


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