Another gobbler!

It was very warm as I made my way in this morning.  It was five days since I last visited this roost site.  I hoped to find some hens this time.  But when I reached the giant white oak where they like to roost, it was empty again!  I still had some time, so I looped around to another field to check some of the nearby trees they sometimes roost in.  Wouldn't you know, I found a single turkey in that same tree as the last one five days ago!  It was a longbeard again too!  I couldn't find any other birds roosted with him.  So I just set up within twenty five yards of him & got ready.  It started to break daylight & he began gobbling, along with one other bird off in the distance.  Those were the only birds I heard gobbling.  Then just before flydown, I heard a hen back in a little farther!  He gobbled at her & so did the other bird.  She sounded like an older hen too!  She began to get more & more excited with her yelping & even did some cutting, which he ate up!  Pretty soon, I heard wingbeats & even saw a couple other birds pitch down!  Eventually, five hens walked into the field!  They began to pick around & feed away from the longbeard I was sitting under.  But he just stayed in the tree gobbling & looking around!  To be honest, I almost think he saw me sitting there & didn't know what I was.  But it made him nervous enough to pitch away from the hens.  After the hens fed out of sight, I snuck out of there.  A little disappointing to not get any hen footage, but at least I was able to crawl under a longbeard & watch how he reacted to some calling.  So it was a great morning!

 

 

Sunrise:  7:02 a.m.

 

Temperature:  57 degrees

 

Wind:  3 mph

 

Barometer:  29.77 & steady

 

Location:  southwest Pennsylvania

 

# of gobbles heard:  180

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