Thanksgiving Escape To New York?

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Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George, 2008 [larger view].


The photographer writes:

I found the one and only Wild Turkey continuing to forage in Central Park this week. However it was the first time I found him at Turtle Pond which is north of his usual haunts. Apparently he is extending his range. I wonder what powerful motivating force has convinced this bird to remain here alone instead of joining others of his kind outside the city?

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