Yes, in month 4 on the peninsula, The West Seattle Turkey is still roaming southeast of Admiral. A revisit to Rose De Dan‘s home office resulted in the video above – Rose calls The Turkey “Admiral Belvidere” for the area(s) it’s adopted. As you can see on the video, The Turkey’s visit included a clash with crows. Rose tells the story here.

24 Replies to "THE WEST SEATTLE TURKEY: Video of a visit"

  • Chris August 4, 2019 (4:35 am)

    Very well done, very enjoyable story and video.   Thanks for sharing

  • sbre August 4, 2019 (8:51 am)

    Thanks for the video Rose, really great to see the turkey in action.But after listening to all that running water, I NEED to go run some water myself!!!Enjoy… 

    • Rose De Dan August 5, 2019 (12:46 pm)

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed them. I treasure her visits.

  • M August 4, 2019 (9:45 am)

    Great story and video.  Yes the turkey seems to call Belvedere home.  I see him almost daily prancing down the street and getting into neighbors gardens and yards.

  • Little Bear of Shorewood August 4, 2019 (10:48 am)

    Love the name – Admiral Belvidere! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jim P. August 4, 2019 (11:38 am)

    I hope she is getting some real food someplace.  Eating out of gutters is not going to do it.What *do* turkeys eat anyway?  besides sausage stuffing.

    • Rose De Dan August 5, 2019 (12:33 pm)

      Hi Jim, thanks for caring about Admiral Belvidere. I just wanted to reassure you that she eats very well. In the video she is having raw organic sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and when she herded off the crows, she was dining on a wildlife mixed nuts and an ear of organic corn.Apparently turkeys are mostly vegetarian, which included grasses, fruits, veggies and berries. I have observed her snacking and fresh grazing her way through the neighborhood, so she is probably eating better than most of us (-:

    • Matt P August 6, 2019 (11:51 am)

      When I was young, my turkey used to love snacking on the big fat green caterpillars that would try to eat our tomatoes.

  • Angelo Russoniello August 4, 2019 (12:23 pm)

    Thanks for sharing! BTW what a beautiful yard!!

    • Rose De Dan August 5, 2019 (12:47 pm)

      Glad you enjoyed them, and thank you for the compliment on the garden (-:

  • M August 4, 2019 (12:40 pm)

    Btw….the turkey has gained weight. He has been eating out of people’s vegetable gardens. He got caught red handed eating the neighbors blueberries last week!

    • Graciano August 4, 2019 (3:16 pm)

      LOL!!! Finally caught a thief in WS in the act! :>)

  • Ice August 4, 2019 (12:50 pm)

    The fact that this poor, lonely turkey that is so far from its home is sticking around means the neighbors (and even the crows) must really be treating it with respect. Thanks to everyone who is nice to this turkey. I hope it continues to lead a happy life.

  • valvashon August 4, 2019 (5:49 pm)

    Rose- thanks for holding you phone (presumably) sideways when recording this, and for sharing this.  Long live the turkey!

  • The King August 4, 2019 (6:14 pm)

    In honor of the mayor we could call it Jenny Durkey

  • raywest August 4, 2019 (7:06 pm)

    I wish this turkey would be captured and given a good home before coyotes get it or it succumbs to the coming winter weather.

  • dhg August 4, 2019 (8:58 pm)

    I hope so, too, RayWest.  Birds are social creatures and this turkey needs some fellow turkeys to roost with.

    • ACG August 4, 2019 (10:25 pm)

      I’m sure the Baa Haas folks on Vashon who came and snatched the Lincoln Park geese are planning a Turkey Heist soon. 

      • Jethro Marx August 4, 2019 (11:27 pm)

        I am not even sure if I am kidding when I say this: if those f@#$%^& Vashonders take our turkey I’m heading over there to a Thin Lizzy soundtrack.  The posse will form at the ferry dock; the geese also will be recovered.  #jailbreak

    • Rick August 5, 2019 (2:34 pm)

      Send her to city hall!

  • Tim August 5, 2019 (10:09 am)

    I love the West Seattle Turkey!! I wish someone would make a West Seattle Turkey T Shirt! I would buy one!

  • Rose De Dan August 5, 2019 (1:03 pm)

    My thanks to everyone who took the time to express their appreciation of seeing Admiral Belvidere in action. I treasure her visits, and know that she continues to make the rounds of the neighborhood because she feels appreciated AND respected.Since she has paid several visits to my place, and lingered for a bit, I have had the opportunity to observe how many people stop and take a photo. So far most have maintained a respectful distance, and she appreciates that.I’ve also been blessed by her allowing me to follow her around a bit, and get to know her. She is very urban savvy regarding potential predators like dogs, cats, coyotes, and overly friendly kids, papparazzi, and so on. Indeed, I’d feel sorry for someone who tried to take her on, she is quite capable of defending herself if necessary as she has powerful wings, raking spurs, nails, and a beak.She is smart. She knows how to find a safe shelter during storms and at night, roosting high up in the trees (she can fly! – turkeys can fly up to 55 mph in short bursts).Regardless of whether you believe me when I say that as an animal communicator/healer I have asked the Admiral if she wants a home (she said no, she prefers to be her own turkey and maintain her independence), she has demonstrated that she is more than capable of thriving on her own for three months. If she wants one she will park herself in one place and make herself at home. Instead, she has chosen to share herself with the community, and I am grateful that so many of my neighbors have her back!

  • Scott August 5, 2019 (5:17 pm)

    Leave this poor turkey alone already!  Or at least get her an agent.  

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