One of the jobsites I work at is home to a sizable flock of wild turkeys. While they occasionally congregate in large groups (in the spring, I saw a flock of 21 birds on the grounds), they typically range in smaller groups of two to five birds. Today, I was able to approach a pair of the birds (I moved slowly and quietly, and I had some "cover" from a low wall), and one of them approached within about six feet of me... I think it saw my bald, ruddy head and assumed I was its mother. I could even hear the quiet "ripping" sound as it pecked at the grass. I only had my sub-par cell phone camera with me, but I was able to snap a quick pic:
Wild turkeys are a strange mix of the ugly and the beautiful- their warty heads are comically small, but their feathers have a pretty hint of iridescence. They certainly look like something out of the Mesozoic... they definitely look like relatives of this charmer. The turkeys that we have on site are almost as tame as dogs- I promise I'll bring a better camera to work so you can get a better image of these pretty/ugly birds.