Photos: Bay Area turkey flock reaches Point Richmond dead end

A flock of wild turkeys roam around the Point Richmond neighborhood in Richmond, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 

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The first bird stood in the road and shook its feathers on a Thursday afternoon in October before the next four emerged.

These five gobblers made a proper flock as they clicked, purred and roamed through a Point Richmond neighborhood en route to their next meal, which could have included berries, roots, insects, small reptiles or amphibians.

When the flock reached a dead end, the exalted “birds of courage” — as Benjamin Franklin once dubbed them — provided a visual metaphor of the shortages and supply chain issues leaving Bay Area residents and Americans scrambling to put enough food on their tables this Thanksgiving.

A flock of wild turkeys walk with caution on a dead end street in the Point Richmond neighborhood in Richmond, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Thanksgiving cooks may have a hard time finding the traditional main course this year; the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported a shortage of birds due to supply-chain issues. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 

We are the hungry turkeys coming up short in our search for animal-based protein this holiday as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 13.6% jump in meat, fish, poultry and egg prices year-over-year and Bay Area food banks report more precise spikes in the past three months.

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But it’s not like hunting the hungry Bay Area fowl at the end of that road in Point Richmond would be an option for just anyone: Would-be hunters need a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to hunt the largest game birds in North America for the season, which lasts through Dec. 26. Even then, hunters can only kill three of the male urban pests daily after the first

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