GREENBURGH, N.Y. Millie Stewart was quite shocked when she looked out the window at 10:30 a.m. one day last week and saw a gaggle of turkeys in her backyard. While her husband had seen them before, this was her first time and, if she had been alone, she admitted playfully, she might have been scared.
"I've always seen one or two, but never eight at the same time," said Alfred Stewart, Millie's husband. "I see them every year around this time. I always see them walk through the backyard and then they go through the fence and into the woods."
The Stewarts live on Saratoga Road in the Juniper Hill section of Greenburgh and have lived in the community for nearly 25 years. In years past, they have seen deer, a family of ducks, the usual skunk and a few raccoons. While Alfred has seen the odd turkey throughout the years, this year, the birds were bigger than in the past.
"We enjoy seeing little critters, as long as they don't do any damage," Millie said. "It was fun. They're coming out for Thanksgiving. They might have just been brave enough to come out at that time."
With a woodsy area behind their house near Lee F. Jackson School, the Stewarts expect to see more turkeys during November.
"We never feed them, we just look at them," said Alfred. "If we do, they might stop coming here."
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