For several weeks before Thanksgiving, son Chris had been occasionally seeing a pair of very large brown birds at the edge of the woods bordering a business park across the street from his northern VA apartment. He described the birds to me, but I was drawing a complete blank.
Until I finally saw them myself, it had never occurred to me that they could be Wild Turkeys.
I first saw them on Thanksgiving Eve, and then again several times during the holiday weekend. They were very shy, so I photographed them using the car as a blind, since they seemed accustomed to passing vehicles.
This photo taken in the nearby business park's lot gives a better idea of the size of the bird, compared to a small SUV -- they're surprisingly large!
Finding these turkeys was an unexpected and timely discovery that topped off an extremely fun Thanksgiving weekend with our family. Wish they would hang around to become part of the annual tradition!