The great pre-Thanksgiving escape? Surprise West Seattle Turkey sighting

Commenters have wondered if The West Seattle Turkey would find a safe place to hang out until Thanksgiving was over. This photo just might be the answer. It’s from Chris at Compass Construction, which has West Seattle’s only current tower crane up and running along Fauntleroy just south of Alaska: “It looks like our feathered friend found a new perch on our tower crane!” This is the first turkey sighting we’ve heard of outside the south/east Admiral area since it settled in that area last spring.

22 Replies to "The great pre-Thanksgiving escape? Surprise West Seattle Turkey sighting"

  • Eddie November 22, 2019 (11:27 am)

    Unbelievable!  I was just leaving MOD Pizza and watched the turkey fly away…

  • sam-c November 22, 2019 (11:28 am)

    Oh my goodness, that’s hilarious !

  • JB November 22, 2019 (11:31 am)

    Whoohoo the bird is safe Dan!

  • Jim P. November 22, 2019 (11:37 am)

    Wow, that bird really covers some ground.

  • Sarah Rice November 22, 2019 (11:48 am)

    We saw him a couple of weeks ago wandering around inside of the parking garage of the Swedish Physicians building on California.  Didn’t get a really good picture of him, though.  Crummy phone camera.

    • Dewayne November 22, 2019 (7:42 pm)

      I did that day outside of Swedish Primary Care.

  • Yma November 22, 2019 (12:02 pm)

    Hoping that bird will make it to Gatewood some day.

  • HelperMonkey November 22, 2019 (12:03 pm)

    “as god is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” ~ Les Nessman, WKRP. 

  • Keith November 22, 2019 (12:14 pm)

    Ooh, so close to grocery store ground zero, a brave move with so many people procuring Thanksgiving provisions in that area. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, WS Turkey?

    • newnative November 22, 2019 (1:45 pm)

      I don’t know if you saw him earlier in the week but he seems to have flown off some of his holiday weight gain. He’s no Butterball. ;) 

  • Emily T November 22, 2019 (12:27 pm)


  • Scubafrog November 22, 2019 (1:54 pm)

    “While the turkey you cook for Thanksgiving has never been airborne, wild turkeys can fly. Apparently not fast or high enough, however. … Wild turkeys feed on the ground, which may have something to do with the myth that they can‘t fly. They have to fly, however, because they roost in trees at night.” – livescience.comI bet it was a majestic sight, Eddie!  Stay safe WS Turkey <3

  • Rosie November 22, 2019 (10:20 pm)

    Why that ungrateful, two timin’ turkey! I feed him,  play with him,  I even let him borrow my car. AND now he’s hanging out in THAT  neighborhood.  I feel so used  :(

  • mw November 22, 2019 (11:00 pm)

    Does anyone else get the feeling that the Turkey is an omen? The turkey is… us?

  • Chesterfield O’Malley November 23, 2019 (6:34 am)

    Is this Turkey eligible for a bus or train ticket to be reunited with his/her family under the recently passed “Homeward Bound” legislation?

  • Mama to Papa November 23, 2019 (9:05 am)

    While Tallulah usually hangs closer to the Hiawatha community I’m glad she’s still safe even though she is getting pretty bold with her territory choices 🦃

  • anonyme November 23, 2019 (10:27 am)

    Fly high, friend.  It’s a dangerous time to be a turkey.

  • Mj November 23, 2019 (1:10 pm)

    AT hide hide hide for the next week.  

  • TurkeyLover November 23, 2019 (3:47 pm)

    Long live Giblet! 

  • Erithan November 23, 2019 (6:22 pm)

    I had a friend mention this, might be prudent to warn people not to try and get too close. Toms will often attack people. She noted hers was friendly till it was a little older, but I wanted to mention it as I would hate to see stories about people getting hurt.

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