I was driving on the Palisades, trying not to go too fast or too slow, keeping with the traffic, veering to the right and left at every curve, when all of a sudden from the east came a long gangly skinny necked bird, bigger than a hubcab, smaller than a house, aiming right at my car, perpendicular to the windshield. I didn't even have time to panic, just prayed the glass would not smash. Then came the heart sickening thud as the creature made impact and disappeared. I barely slowed down, I was so afraid to stop suddenly and cause a pile up.
It was a wild turkey. It was not the first time I had hit a wild turkey on the highway. Last time my friend said, why didn't you bring it home for dinner.