Mason City — There’s a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship going on in the wildlife area on the east side of the Village Cooperative of Mason City. Deer bump a bird feeder with their heads to spill the contents on the ground, usually in early morning or late dusk. They lick up only some of it.
Wild turkeys follow later to clean up the leftovers. Shown here are some adults and young birds enjoying an evening feast. The adults keep a wary eye out for predators while the youngsters concentrate on their meal. As many as 17 of them have been counted beneath the bird feeder at one time.
Village Coop residents have become adept at spotting wildlife that takes advantage of nearby ponds, tall grasses and brush for food, water, and concealment. The habitat also encourages a wide variety of birds and waterfowl to make summer-long homes in the area. They often are joined by spring and fall migrants who linger to ‘stoke up’ before continuing their migrations.
The Village Cooperative is located within city limits so no hunting is permitted.