Tracks all over my yard (snow Spring birds wild+animals ). Photo by sdianas
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Tracks all over my yard

Uploaded by: sdianas

Monday April 22, 2013

Valley City, ND (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: 5 1/2" from toe to heel spur! What was it - wild turkey, maybe?

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4. sdianas
8:39 PM GMT on May 03, 2013
EEEK! Those things have been known to eat a deer that accidentally jumped over the fence into their pen (not my neighbor's emus, but others). Now I will wonder if it's safe to go outside! (No more snow now, so I wouldn't see tracks.)

They do lay wonderful eggs, though - huge, with beautiful blue shells, and as edible as a hen's egg.

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3. canuckjune
11:28 PM GMT on April 23, 2013
Brian said you could be right if an emu escaped so it could be that.
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2. sdianas
8:07 PM GMT on April 23, 2013
Thanks! That was my most realistic guess too. It must be a BIG turkey - the tracks were much larger than they appear on the photo. I will have to print one out and send to my brother (who used to hunt wild turkeys) and then can be absolutely sure.

A neighbor (a few miles away, but to us that's a neighbor) raises emus, or at least used to. I was wondering if one of them might have escaped and come here! That once happened with cattle; they broke the lawn furniture and left such deep tracks in the lawn that my father disked it. (Advice: never disk your lawn!) At least these birds don't damage things like cattle can. :-)
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1. canuckjune
1:32 PM GMT on April 23, 2013
Turkey is my son's estimate. Hi from Martin ND
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About sdianas


I am primarily a musician (full-time arranger and occasional performer), but also love to take photos! How I would love to be able to capture details of trees, etc., against a sunset or in other dark conditions! I have a Canon A510 and a Canon S40, but neither of them can do it, perhaps because there are settings I am unaware of. If anyone can advise me how to get this effect, which I see often in Wunderground photos, I would be very grateful.

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