Two Sisters

Two turkey hens ©Kim Smith 2013

Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris)

Benjamin Franklin writes a letter to his daughter Sarah Beche  in 1784, criticizing the appearance and choice of the Bald Eagle as the national bird of the United States, presumably preferring the Wild Turkey, “…I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For in truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a Red Coat on.”

Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris)

3 comments

  • Very nice thanks Tom is probably close by! :-)

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  • It would fit our image to slaughter our national symbol a couple times a year, kind of like the Aztecs to appease the gods of nature. I’ve often thought how appropriate this would be as we send our young men and woman to destinations unknow to spill a little blood here.

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  • Ben Franklin must have known that the politicians of the future were going to be a bunch of turkeys. Smart gentlemen those founding fathers. If they could see what “We people ” have for leaders in 2013 they would have picked a vulture for a national bird.

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