We were driving along one of the busy highways in Kingsport when I saw a flock of Turkeys right next to the road. We turned back and parked in a lot nearby. I quietly walked near where they were, but they got nervous and started walking quickly toward the Holston Defense Plant, where they live. I never thought my best turkey photo would have the double arches of a McDonald's in the background! :) The feathers refract the sunlight into beautiful reds, greens and blues. This turkey has a long "beard" on his chest. The length and color of the beard indicates the age of the turkey.
Young male turkeys are called "jakes", young females are called "jennies". Adult males are called "toms" or "gobblers" and the females are called "hens".