Thursday, August 9, 2012
“With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country . . .
“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the 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.”
- Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to his daughter
"Driving down the highway at night
when you feel that Wild Turkey's bite,
don't give Johnny Walker a ride."
- ZZ Top, in "Arrested While Driving Blind"
[Instead of naming the Wild Turkey our national bird, we've named America's best-selling premium bourbon after it. These hens and their poults were at Cape May NWR property along Burleigh Road on Sunday, August 5, 2012. - DF]
Posted by Don Freiday at 12:00 PM