The West Seattle Turkey is on the move again …

After hanging out a while in North Admiral, today we got three sighting reports from Genesee Hill. The photo above is from Larry; below, from Wendy, who explained, “Pleasantly perched in the upper right of the cherry tree, the famous West Seattle turkey! It’s the most exciting thing to happen to us in a month… ”

And via Twitter:

Thanks as always for the photos!

38 Replies to "THE WEST SEATTLE TURKEY: Bird on the hill"

  • HannahG April 8, 2020 (7:43 pm)

    If I never saw another post in the WSB about the local turkey (or that woman with the blue hair who has to get covered during every seasonal solstice event) it would be too soon. This is honestly my most-read Seattle news outlet but I just can’t understand why certain things get such heavy rotation.

    • WSB April 8, 2020 (8:14 pm)

      Certainly as a general-news site we know not everyone is interested in everything we cover. However, The Turkey and Alice are not really in “heavy rotation.” Alice has events four times a year these days. The Turkey has been mentioned 69 times in the past year, and that includes stories in which it wasn’t the main topic. – TR

      • TWST April 8, 2020 (9:47 pm)

        Thanks WSB for covering the turkey, and Alice’s offerings. Some of us do enjoy these posts!

        I’ve thought it would be cool to see more astronomy info from Alice, like a regular contribution about what’s happening in our sky each month or something.

        • WSB April 8, 2020 (9:54 pm)

          See this archive, a while back –

          Alice had regular contributions going for a while, then got just too busy – she’s a college instructor and mom of 2, among other things.

          But we are grateful that she alerts us to sky happenings from time to time outside her quarterly watches!

          • TWST April 8, 2020 (10:03 pm)

            Nice, thanks for covering these things, and for your contributions Alice!

    • Kersti Muul April 8, 2020 (8:39 pm)

      Because it makes people HAPPY.Scroll along 

    • miws April 8, 2020 (8:43 pm)

      I always enjoy the lighter, even uplifting stories such as the quarterly reports on Alice’s event, and the Turkey (and Golden Pheasant). Even more so now, in these past weeks of extremely hard-hitting, stressful news events such as COVID, the Bridge, and the Big Avalon Tow. —Mike 

      • Workdown April 8, 2020 (9:37 pm)

        Good to hear from you Mike.  Hope all is well. 

        • miws April 9, 2020 (6:51 am)

          Thanks, Workdown, I’m hanging in there. Hope all is well with you too. —Mike

    • JH April 8, 2020 (8:57 pm)

      Wow. Grumpy. 

    • Barb vadakin April 8, 2020 (9:51 pm)

      Enjoy the fun stuff. Don’t like just scroll to the next depressing story.. 

    • Eric1 April 8, 2020 (11:39 pm)

      Hannah:  It is a cool bird that doesn’t really belong here, yet lives a happy carefree life.   People worry about fitting in, paying the bills, corona virus, politics, and other first world problems.  The bird is just trying not to get killed while looking for a mate and it’s next meal.   I think many people would like to be as carefree as this bird and it brings a smile to many faces.

  • Mj April 8, 2020 (7:50 pm)

    Dang AT sure gets around.

  • Diane April 8, 2020 (8:24 pm)

    Lighten up … the turkey news brings joy to us when we need it.  Even the New York Times has light hearted pieces!   Thank you WSB – I like your serious hard hitting news and the Turkey updates.  

  • Yma April 8, 2020 (8:53 pm)

    We love Alice & her seasonal information sessions and we love the West Seattle Turkey!My teen has seen The Turkey near WSHS. I am hoping to one day get a glimpse or a visit.

  • M April 8, 2020 (9:04 pm)

    As long as the Turkey is around, please keep posting pictures.  When AT first showed up in our neighborhood last spring, it got people out socializing with neighbors.  AT brings out the good in people!

  • West Seattle Guy April 8, 2020 (9:07 pm)

    Seconded! I love the turkey pics. 

  • Workdown April 8, 2020 (9:10 pm)

    I love the turkey stories.  Lived in west seattle 65 years,  love wsb. Thx Tracy. Please keep it up

  • Cindy Craig April 8, 2020 (10:28 pm)

    I am grateful to have the turkey news right now. It makes me feel like we’re all connected somehow by this unlikely neighborhood Goodwill ambassador. I appreciate how you cover all of West Seattle’s news, WSB. Keep doing what you do, please.

  • SorrySoSour April 8, 2020 (10:29 pm)

    My sincerest sympathies to anyone having to stay at home with HannahG.  I promise you, it gets better.

    • Lanise April 9, 2020 (8:27 am)

      May HannahG come face to face with Turkey in a perfect photo setting and not be able to take the picture because of this post. Thanks SorrySoSour for pointing out that Joy Shaming isn’t necessary. Have a great day, HannahG.

  • Daphneadora April 8, 2020 (11:30 pm)

    I’m always happy to see the turkey posts! I’d love to see her IRL, but she hasn’t made it to Highland Park yet. 

  • KP April 8, 2020 (11:49 pm)

    I’d love to see the AT / TWST in real life someday! But these pics are the next best thing until I spot her. Thanks for posting fun pictures during heavy times.

  • Marcus April 9, 2020 (6:18 am)

    Does anyone have access to a female turkey?  Wild of course, that would be difficult but just think of a family roaming WS.

    • rpo April 9, 2020 (8:41 am)

      ..then we’d have two hens running about fighting over a non-existent tom. Haha.

      • Graciano April 9, 2020 (3:26 pm)

        And maybe not… “..then we’d have two hens running about fighting over a non-existent tom. Haha.”

  • J April 9, 2020 (6:44 am)

    There has been so much mourning recently, and for good reason. I have relied on bird sightings to lift my mood. Keep them coming. Really all birds are amazing and beautiful and strange, but the turkey is the most ordinary and strange at the same time. We are glad TWST is here. He or she is a perfect distraction. Thank you WSB.

  • songstorm April 9, 2020 (7:23 am)

    I too enjoy the turkey and other bird stories.  The solstice/equinox events are not my thing but I just skip over the articles if I don’t want to read them; I certainly don’t begrudge their existence for those who do enjoy them!          

  • Snake Hill Mama April 9, 2020 (7:46 am)

    I look forward to the turkey updates and even share them with my work colleagues. It amazes us how he or she continues to move around WS so openly. Don’t stop sharing these stories in these days of Corona Virus and politics a lighthearted story is a welcome diversion.

  • Keith April 9, 2020 (7:56 am)

    For some “backstory” on the West Seattle Turkey, check out the latest episode of my podcast, All Ways West Seattle:

    • WSB April 9, 2020 (1:42 pm)

      Didn’t know you had a podcast! Co-publisher is listening right now.

  • Higginshere April 9, 2020 (8:45 am)

    This is America, so no one is required to understand, like, or love an adorable wild turkey gracing our city with its presence, but why admit to it?   

  • Plf April 9, 2020 (10:56 am)

    If I could I would like to bring a mate for our wondering turkeyi

    • J April 9, 2020 (1:49 pm)

      Be careful, male turkeys can be mean, I’ve heard. It would be a shame to have an aggressive turkey change public opinion about TWIST.

  • Xman April 9, 2020 (11:53 am)

    Dang, poor Hannah, can’t even express an opinion. I like the turkey pics too but I respect someone else may not. 

  • YouDontGnomeMe April 9, 2020 (3:56 pm)

    The turkey has made it down to 35th and Barton today. I’ve been hoping (cautiously) I’d get a look, and today I did! Lets hope the drivers on 35th are careful.

  • 1994 April 9, 2020 (8:20 pm)

    I just saw, at 7:30-ish, a turkey hanging around 37th and 97th SW – sent a photo to WSB. A nice lady put water and nibbles out for it. IT is exciting to see! does make your day happier! 

    • WSB April 9, 2020 (8:25 pm)

      Update coming up after tonight’s roundup!

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