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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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