A distinguishing feature of both domesticated and wild turkeys is the black fibrous hairs that hang down from the chest away from the body plumage. Biologists and hunters call those hairs beards. A turkey’s beard can be long enough to touch the ground. Beards grow on all male turkeys or gobblers and grow on some hens.
We’ve been seeing the same turkey family in ths spot all summer long, and have watched the chicks grow to size and fill out. Today is the first time I remember seeing Toms.