ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

PHOTOS: Wild turkeys forage together near New London

A rafter of turkeys forages together in bitterly cold temperatures the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, east of New London, Minnesota.

Wild Turkeys 111822 001.jpg
A wild turkey takes flight as others forage in a tree along Kandiyohi County Road 40 east of New London on the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
We are part of The Trust Project.

NEW LONDON — As temperatures hovered around 13 degrees the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, a rafter of turkeys did their best to stay warm as dozens gathered around a tree still hanging on to its berries from the summer season along Kandihohi County Road 40 east of New London.

One-by-one, turkeys took turns flying up into the branches to pluck off a few frozen red berries before gliding back down to the snow to let another take its place in the tree above.

Wild Turkeys 111822 003.jpg
A wild turkey takes flight as others forage in a tree along County Road 40 east of New London the morning of Friday, November 18, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Wild Turkeys 111822 001.jpg
A wild turkey pauses from foraging berries in a tree along Kandiyohi County Road 40 east of New London on the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

After the tree had been thoroughly plucked of its fruit, the group carved out a path through the snow in a farm's field to their next location for a late-morning brunch.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, wild turkeys seen in Minnesota today stem from a turkey release between 1971 and 1973 in Houston County, where 29 adult wild turkeys were relocated from Missouri. Since then, Minnesota's population has grown to more than 70,000 wild turkeys.

More Photo Galleries by Macy Moore
Wctrib.com's Photo Gallery page displays recent photos from across west central Minnesota. For quick access, bookmark: wctrib.com/photo-galleries
On Saturday, December 3, 2022, the Wildcats of New London-Spicer defeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 27-26 with just seconds remaining in regulation to win the state championship in school history.
The Wildcats of New London-Spicer won their second state football title in school history Saturday afternoon at US Bank Stadium after downing D-G-F 27-26 on Saturday, December 3, 2022, in
In celebration of the upcoming Christmas holiday, folks gathered at the Willmar Community Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, to sing Christmas carols and share stories about why certain carols mean
The Willmar Public Library hosted a craft gathering for tweens on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, where children created gingerbread house ornaments to adorn their Christmas trees this holiday season.
'Tis the season for holiday cheer throughout Kandiyohi County. Follow this updated gallery to see photos from various holiday events taking place in the area.
Ridgewater College's multicultural club rolled out a feast Tuesday consisting of more than 40 entrees to give the student body a taste of cultures from around the world during its Taste of Culture
Moments from a dress rehearsal of Miracle on 34th Street at the Barn Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.
Santa Claus makes a surprise visit to Clara City to help kick off the holiday season on Friday, November 25, 2022.
With area lakes freezing up, anglers are slowly starting to return back out onto the ice for their favorite winter pastime.
The annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza brought a wealth of shoppers out to area stores this Friday in Willmar.
Just days ahead of the annual Thanksgiving holiday, community members gathered at Rustic Designs Flower Farm to craft cornucopia centerpieces to adorn their tables.
Area residents prepare for upcoming Thanksgiving meals by stocking their shelves.
Children and their families bundled up tight and headed to downtown Willmar Saturday afternoon to take part in annual festivities at Holidaze.
The Willmar Police Department held another Coffee with the Cops event Tuesday to meet with the public. According to Willmar Police Department Chief Jim Felt, the event began in 2017 as a way for the
Stacy's Nursery & Floral conducted a workshop Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, to help customers design their very own spruce top pots.
Service Drive Southwest in the Willmar Industrial Park will soon be back open for traffic as road construction finished up Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.
Doggy's Day Out at the Willmar Community Center featured hand-crafted treats, belly rubs and dog massages on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.
MACCRAY Public Schools hosted a pair of Veterans Day programs in its new auditorium in Clara City on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
Jon Linstrand will have a 7,000-piece collection of military history on display at the Willmar Auditorium Friday. This year marks the 24th time the display has been available over Veterans Day in
Fog creates different perspectives on local landscape around New London on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.
Minnesota Highway 23 reopened Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, from Paynesville to Richmond as work on the Highway 23 North Gap expansion project has paused for the winter. According to the Minnesota
MACCRAY seventh- and eighth-grade band students took to the stage Tuesday for visitors at the Willmar Community Center.
Willmar's high temperature of 79 surpassed the 1978 record high of 75; while Tuesday's high of 73F tied the previous record from 1938.
Take your pick Monday of events for All Hallowed Eve.
Homeowners in Willmar and Olivia are ready for trick-or-treaters to come door to door on Halloween night, Oct. 31.
Various video views of the Minnesota Valley Power Plant implosion at Granite Falls on Oct. 27, 2022.
Hikers were invited to take part in a Lovely Leaves Hike on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Sibley State Park. The hike focused on looking for colorful fall foliage.
A selection of photos from the implosion of the Minnesota Valley generating plant on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Granite Falls.
Kandi Land farm, just outside Willmar, will close for the season Oct. 31 after one more weekend of fall fun for the family.

ADVERTISEMENT

Wild Turkeys 111822 002.jpg
A pair of wild turkeys brave 13-degree temperatures and a fresh blanket of snow in Kandiyohi County while foraging the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Wild Turkeys 111822 004.jpg
A wild turkey follows the flock through a field after foraging berries from a tree along County Road 40 east of New London the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Wild Turkeys 111822 005.jpg
A wild turkey takes a brief break from foraging berries from a tree east of New London in Kandiyohi County on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Wild Turkeys 111822 006.jpg
Wild turkeys move together as a flock while foraging for food east of New London in Kandiyohi County on the morning of Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Related:
The Minnesota State Patrol reported a crash involving a school bus and pickup truck Thursday morning. According to the report, the school bus slowed down to make a left turn when the two collided.
State officials estimate 33,000 households in mostly rural areas of the state will gain high-speed internet access through the projects.
After a two-year hiatus, the CP Holiday Train has returned, traveling across the upper Midwest and Canada, spreading holiday joy and collecting money and food for local food banks.
Now disbarred, former Willmar attorney Gregory Anderson pleaded guilty to fraud in hiding business assets of the former Mayor of Kerkhoven in bankruptcy proceedings.
Art classes and meetings in the area
Fine arts and student performances at area colleges
Areas in Eastern Minnesota and Wisconsin could see light snow Saturday.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council events in the next month
With plenty of cash to go around, it's time to expand and repair parks, wildlife areas and boat landings.
Area funerals scheduled through Dec. 16, 2022

Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
What to read next
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by
The Kandiyohi County Board approved the appointment of Kent Bauman as the new chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Office. Bauman will start in his new role Jan. 3 under Sheriff-elect Eric Tollefson,
Makayla Marie Oothoudt Willprecht, 21, was sentenced to four years of prison after pleading guilty to a second-degree manslaughter in an overdose death. She was initially charged with murder.
Meeker County Sheriff's Office will not be testing its outdoor warning system during the winter months in order to avoid unnecessary damage to the system.