Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Battery Park turkey lives!

Late last November, I was surprised to find a large, healthy looking turkey calmly enjoying the sun in Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan, just a few days before Thanksgiving. Today, I was walking past the Coast Guard building, between the eastern edge of Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry terminal, when I saw what seems very likely to be the same bird nonchalantly perched on a wall next to the sidewalk. The bird didn't budge as I walked by a few feet away.

Could the Coasties have made this bird their mascot, perhaps in reaction to being put under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security?

Hmmm ... lotsa posts about birds, lately. Should I add an "ornithology" classification?

7.18.09 update: Still alive, as Chicken Underwear attests, with photo. He says her name is Zelda.


  1. when i had a house in the 'burbs of CT, there was a flock of wild turkeys in my backyard for a while. well, at least until they finished eating the grass seed.

  2. Anonymous10:47 PM

    She still lives! I saw her today (06/11/08). She's been disappearing more lately -- I didn't see her for most of May, but with the recent heat wave she has shown up again. Great picture!

  3. Anonymous1:32 PM

    She's still around. My family and I saw her feeding with the pigeons in Battery Park on Monday (7/6/09).

  4. still there