We never saw so many wild turkeys before. Several times in the past few years Sharon and I had hiked the trails of Heil Valley Ranch, which starts just 12 miles north of Boulder. I know that I had seen two or three of these big birds on a hike there earlier this year. I’ve also seen individual birds or small groups on Green Mountain, Bonny Lake, and Rocky Mountain and Mesa Verde National Parks. But today we saw at least 46 of these colorful birds, none of which seemed the least bit afraid of becoming our Thanksgiving Dinner.
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Sharon left her car at the main trailhead to Heil Valley Ranch, an important part of Boulder County’s North Foothills Open Space. Then we drove together in my SUV 12 miles north to a new and little-known trailhead at the end of Pyrite Way in Lyons, where I left my vehicle.