Thursday morning, I heard my first gobble of the spring while I was tending to the chickens. The week before, I had witnessed the return of the male woodcocks and their mating dances, so I knew the tom turkeys would be expressing their virility soon.
What does it all mean? Well, to the male turkeys and woodcocks, I supposed their vocal outbursts mean the world. To the females they are trying to impress, I would guess it means very little. But that will all change in short order. In a few weeks, the ardor of the males will be matched, to a degree, by that of the females.