Journaling reads: "When Jerry left to go back to New Orleans on June 1, 2010, Sarah and I had to drive him over to LaGrange to meet his ride. On our way home, we were driving along one of the back roads of Meriwether County when I spotted a bird in the middle of the road. As we neared and slowed to a stop, I saw that it was a wild turkey. When she turned to go back the way she had come, I saw the babies on the side of the road. What an awesome sight! As she got back to her babies, they all turned and followed her back into the woods. I had no idea that baby turkeys followed the mother around. Since seeing this, I have learned the following:
Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be named our national bird. Female turkeys are called hens, babies are poults, and males are toms. The wild turkey was nearly extinct in the early 1900's. The oldest recorded lifespan of a wild turkey is 13 years.
The average lifespan of a wild turkey is 1.5 years. Turkeys can run up to 25 mph and fly up to 55 mph. Turkeys roost in trees at night.
The males attract the females with loud gobbling, which can be heard up to a mile away. Hens build a nest on the ground and lay 6-18 eggs per season. The eggs hatch in 28 days and the mother feeds them for two days. After two days they can walk and feed themselves. The poults flock with the mother hen for the rest of the season. Hens raise one brood per season.
The photo is not the best quality, probably because Sarah took it through the front windshield of the car. But we didn't want to miss this shot. The pps and embellies are K & Co. Blossomwood. All stitching was done with DMC metallic thread. I used a strand of red and a strand of copper together. Then I added the little "metal" (actually plastic) embellies along the border. The smaller flowers are a transparent embellie layered over some of the green pp and then hand cut. The smaller butterfly, dragonfly and paisley embellie are are transparent, too. They are decorated with a shiny copper metallic which is hard to see here. The flowers and larger butterfly are all pop dotted to give dimension. If it looks a bit crooked - it is. I realized after I finished all the stitching on the border that the papers under it had slipped a little - oh well... Thanks for looking!