While hiking, I found several turkey tail feathers scattered on the ground. Who lost these, I wondered, and how did it happen?
When I checked my trial camera I saw who lost them. The video shows a pair of jakes one of which has no tail feathers at all.
But I still don’t know how this jake would come to be missing all his tail feathers at once. I doubt that they all moult and fall out at once because that would make flying difficult since birds use their tails as a rudder to steer in flight and as a brake when landing.
It’s doubtful a predator got hold of the tail and pulled out all of the eighteen feathers in a turkey’s tail.
If anyone has seen this before or understands what’s going on here, please leave a comment.