For some people in the Bay Area, the guest of honor usually found on top of the Thanksgiving table has become a part of everyday life.
All you have to do is take a drive or walk through some of the more suburban and rural areas of the East Bay, and it might seem like wild turkeys are everywhere. Whether in local parks, on neighborhood front lawns or wandering in disorganized groups along local roads, sightings of the rustic, colorful big birds have become a part of the daily scenery for many around the Bay Area.
They're unwanted scenery for some, like Walnut Creek resident Niki DeSilva.
“They’re a nuisance,” says DeSilva. “They get in the way.”
An avid cyclist, DeSilva is less than nostalgic for the idyllic scenery of old when a gang of 30-pound birds with very little flying talent cross her bike path -- and stay there.
She admits it. She hates these birds.