She wanders slowly through the municipal lot in Waverley Square, struts around theto the amusement of shoppers and takes its time crossing busy Trapelo Road near the branch.
"She" is a turkey that have decided that Waverley Square is where she is going to occupy.
While not numerous, turkeys are regular visitors to areas around Belmont. A gobble of turkeys have stopped traffic on Clifton Road. And there is a hen who jumps on worshippers cars during services on most Saturdays at .
In fact, wild turkeys are found from the Canadian border in New Hampshire and New York down to Florida and west to Nebraska. They mostly live in or near woods, spending their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They spend their nights in low branches of trees to stay out of the way of coyotes and other predators.
But in search of food and crowding habitat, turkeys are becoming successful urban dwellers. In Brookline, residents at times are confronted by groups or gobbles of turkeys who will chase them from their area.
While her presence in the supermarket parking lot elicit squeals of excitment from children and curiousity – from a safe distance – from adults, there is little that Officer John Maguranis could or would do.
"She's in the area because it's likely that she was hatched around here," said Maguranis. And while she does cause temporary traffic tie ups, she isn't a nuseance, just a wild animal doing what comes naturally.
The only humane method to capture her would be to net and then release her somewhere in central Massachusetts so she doesn't attempt to home back to Belmont.
But current state law prevents the use of nets on turkeys, said Maguranis.
So unless she decides to move on or ends up as dinner or is a vehicular victim, the hen will be around Waverley Square for the time being ... including after Thanksgiving.