Photo of San Francisco’s Wild Turkey on Mount Davidson – by Tim Cashman

wild turkey in SF - edited from photograph by Tim Cashman

Wild Turkey on Mount Davidson in San Francisco – edited from photo by Tim Cashman

Tim Cashman got photographs of San Francisco’s wild turkey, the same one Jacquie and Ron Proctor saw on March 30th 2013.  Here’s his account and the photographs (printed with permission):

Wild turkey San Francisco - photo by Tim Cashman

Wild turkey San Francisco – photo by Tim Cashman

“I was working at my computer when something large and black flew across the large picture window we have that looks directly west. Nothing unusual here as large crows fly by often. A moment later came a commotion on our rooftop, two stories above, that sounded like two animals in the midst of a fierce fight. When I stood up to go upstairs and see what was going on, a large bird like creature flew off the roof, beating its wings ferociously. I at first thought it was a hawk, but a hawk is graceful and this was not. It alighted in my neighbor’s tree and sat very still. It was only when it finally turned in silhouette that I could see it was a wild turkey. It was still in the same spot about a half hour later when I left. I’m familiar with wild turkeys as I play golf frequently at a course in Marin County that is loaded with them. ”

Wild turkey San Francisco by Tim Cashman

Another view of the San Francisco Wild turkey by Tim Cashman

Wild Turkey On Mount Davidson

Wild turkey in Marin

For you wildlife watchers, I just saw a wild turkey cross the north trail on Mt. D today,” wrote Jacqueline Proctor.  “He flew off toward Glen Canyon when we tried to get a better look and picture. I have never seen one up there before or heard of them being in SF for that matter.”

Neither had the birders on the Yahoo Birds list. They wanted to know more. Jacquie confirmed the sighting: March 30th, around 1 p.m.  But there were no pictures. (The picture here is of a wild turkey in Marin county, not the bird that Jacquie saw.)

Then, the Westside Observer carried a grayscale photograph of  the Mount D turkey, submitted by Kay Curry [bottom of page 8]. And someone else said a lone male turkey had been seen hanging out on Potrero Hill.

If anyone sends us photographs of San Francisco’s wild turkeys, we’d be happy to publish them here. [We did. Thanks, Tim Cashman!]

Meanwhile, it looks like there’s a new addition to San Francisco’s wildlife.