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November 27, 2014

Audubon’s wild turkeys

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Franklin said of the wild turkey:
“…the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on.”
And of the bald eagle:
“He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead tree near the river, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labour of the fishing hawk [osprey]; and when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes it from him.”
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Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 27, 2014 9:03 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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