An astute reader might have noticed a little something extra in the background of the picture of a Bois d’Arc that I posted yesterday. Do you see the Wild Turkeys next to the tree on the left-hand side of the photograph?

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Here they are!
Here they are!

So, does this mean that Wild Turkeys eat Osage Oranges? Well, let’s see.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I setup a trail camera to monitor a second Bois d’Arc tree just a little over a mile to the east of this one. At the time the ground was absolutely littered with horse apples.

Wild Turkey - Osage Oranges

But, by the time the site is visited by a rafter of Wild Turkey, most of the Osage Oranges were gone. Something had definitely been eating them, but was it the turkeys?

Wild Turkey - Osage Oranges

Wild Turkey - Osage Oranges

Wild Turkey - Osage Oranges

Wild Turkey - Osage Oranges

Wild Turkey - Osage Oranges

Wild Turkey - Osage Oranges

Wild Turkey - Osage Oranges

Well, no. The turkeys peck and probe as they make their way across the camera’s field of view, but they are never seen eating the fruit. The Wild Turkeys were not here to feed on the horse apples, they were only passing through.

And just for the record, It doesn’t look like Coyotes feed on Osage Oranges either:

Just sniffing the ground.
Just sniffing the ground.