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He’s So Vain

In Greek mythology, it was the hunter Narcissus who was so handsome that when he saw his own reflection – he fell in love with himself.

Today, we’d call him Tom and he’d be a turkey.

Tom, our Royal Palm male, on full display.

Tom, our Royal Palm male, on full display.

This is Tom as we often see him this time of year. Displaying his feathers, puffing up his chest, dancing and strutting around the Rogue Farms Hopyard. He does this to arouse Juniper, our Royal Palm Turkey hen, and mother of most of Tom’s offspring.

But lately, Tom has discovered his reflection.

He starts his day strutting his stuff in front of the glass door at the Hop ‘N’ Bed.  That part of the house reflects him in the morning sun. In the evening, he’s out in back of the Chatoe Rogue admiring himself in the reflection of the sliding glass door – which just happens to catch the setting sun.

Juniper and Tom, back in the day when she was more easily impressed by this kind of behavior.

Juniper and Tom, back in the day when she was more easily impressed by this kind of behavior.

Honestly, we can’t say if Tom is trying to chase off what he sees as competition, or if he’s falling in love with himself like Narcissus is said to have done. 

Either way, Juniper seems relieved that Tom is spending more time trying to impress himself instead of her. Perhaps some day she’ll give in to his advances. But we guarantee you, Tom will have to work for it.

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