A rafter of turkeys took a walk on the urban side of Hastings Tuesday afternoon.
Five wild turkeys were spied by several residents strolling near Seventh Street and Oswego Avenue. They stopped for about 30-45 minutes in a backyard on the corner of Fifth Street and Oswego at about 2:30 p.m., poking around under a swing set in a backyard there before moving on through a neighbor's yard on Fourth Street and out of sight.
Monte Malouf Jr., who lives on Seventh Street, telephoned the Tribune Tuesday to report seeing three of them strolling down his street and in between houses in the 2500 block of West Seventh Street. He was able to shoot about 10 seconds of video of them crossing his neighbor's yard before losing sight of them down the road.
"They were just cruising down the sidewalk having a ball," he said. "Traffic didn't bother them at all. I've never been that close to a wild turkey.
"I'm telling you, they stand a good 3 feet tall or so. I was surprised they came this far into town. I don't consider us to be on the outskirts of town."