I had just arrived at Tuesday afternoon and was sitting in my parked car. My hand was on the door handle. I pulled it slightly to open, when I saw them — two black, beady eyes staring back at me. Behind them were the brown tail feathers.
A wild turkey was staring back at me (or looking at his reflection in the glass).
He wasn't alone. Two of his friends decided to visit the West Main Road parking lot, too, and check out my car.
They circled the Chevy Aveo, one after the other. At one point, it looked liked one was going to jump on the hood, but he just pecked the grill and kept trotting around the car.
They kept me trapped inside the vehicle for a good 10 minutes, but it felt like much longer. One of the feathered friends took one more look into the glass before strutting off towards the Turnpike Avenue and West Main Road intersection.
This might be the same on West Main Road.
Regardless if they are the same, it's fairly safe to say — Tuesday's turkey trot turned this editor a little chicken.
[Updated on May 4, 2012]
More turkeys were seen roaming around the top of Kyser Road and West Main Road on Friday, May 4.
Allen R. Icart of Portsmouth sent us this photo seen above.
Have you spotted turkeys around town, or even had an encounter like mine? Tell us in the comments section or post your photos above!