This is what it sounds like to be attacked by a turkey

Nov 27, 2013

Back in 2007, I was doing a story on CAFOs in Wood County, Ohio.

I was waiting for my interviewee to return home when I spotted a gang of turkeys appear at the edge of the woods.

I had some time to kill, so I channeled my inner Marlin Perkins, got out my "shotgun" microphone, and attempted to record some wild nature sounds. (A "shotgun" microphone does not shoot anything, it's simply a long microphone that collects sound from far away.)

The birds drew closer and I couldn't believe my luck. I was going to get some great sound!

Then the big male got A LOT closer, and I had to swing my microphone at it to keep it at bay. 

Fortunately my interviewee returned home to rescue this city boy. Take a listen below (for some reason I think a high pitched "shooo!" will get the bird to go away).