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     January 9, 2020      #93-9 KDJ
 

Bucks and toms 

By Gary Soper
wildlifeinnature.com

Here in Northeastern Illinois it has been a warmer, more forgiving winter leading up to the new year, and the relatively mild conditions that we have been enjoying also have continued into early January. Open water, and mostly snow-free fields means there is easy foraging for both migratory and resident wildlife such as birds, waterfowl, turkey and deer.

Large flocks of wild turkeys can be seen feeding on plant material, and the spilled grains from the last harvest in the snow-free agricultural fields, the cautious birds usually not far from the safety of their wooded escape.

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