Poultry on parade, Christmas cavalcade: whatever you call Shawnigan Lake’s wild turkeys, they are a traffic stopper every time. (Frank Wall photo)

Poultry on parade in Shawnigan Lake as wild turkeys take a stroll

Roving resident flock has become a village staple in south-Island community

It was poultry on parade at Shawnigan Lake before Christmas as the area’s wild turkeys promenaded in the rain.

Citizen reader and area resident Frank Wall captured the cavalcade on video.

He took the video at the four way stop in Shawnigan village.

“According to Laurie Fletcher, there were 13 of them. I didn’t count them myself,” he said, adding, “The girls at the Shawnigan Lake House coffee shop say they are wild and seen regularly.”

Turkeys have been wandering around in Shawnigan for some years, according to other readers, and are a favourite subject for pictures.

Sierra Acton, area director for Shawnigan Lake, said that the birds are indeed well known in the community.

“I believe they were somebody’s pet at some point. They stick together. I believe there’s a peacock that has joined them. There were a pair of them, but one died. The remaining one has apparently joined the turkeys. I’ve heard there are a pair of peacocks on the west side of the lake and a couple of people in the community have approached me and asked how they can get that solo peacock to join the other two.”

Acton said there are two flocks of turkeys.

“I understand there are 14 in one, and nine in the other. When I see the 14, I don’t know if it’s two flocks coming together or not. They’ve been around as long as I can remember and I’ve been here five years. They’re kind of like a mascot. The turkeys are constantly on Facebook. For the most part, they are well-liked. We cherish our village turkeys.”



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