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Wild turkey turning heads in downtown Ottawa

A wild turkey is turning heads in downtown Ottawa. It's perched in a tree in front of the Place de Ville building on Albert Street.

Area workers say the big bird has been perching there since Friday

A turkey perches in a tree on Albert Street in downtown Ottawa. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC)

A wild turkey is turning heads in downtown Ottawa.

It's perched in a tree in front of the Place de Ville building on Albert Street.

The sight of the large bird has been stopping people in their tracks. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC)

People who work in the area say the big bird has been there since Friday morning.

"I was thinking maybe it was a falcon, but then as I got closer, I realized it was a turkey," said Linda Rowley, who first noticed it on Friday.

People who work in the area say the turkey comes down occasionally to eat. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC)

She said the bird has come down from the tree a couple of times since to eat and peck at the grass.

With onlookers stopping regularly to take pictures, Rowley said everyone in her building has been talking turkey since the big bird showed up.

An onlooker takes a picture of a turkey in a tree in downtown Ottawa. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC)
"Everybody keeps checking on her to see if she's coming in and out. I believe it's a girl because she's got no colours. But we're just making sure that she's okay," she said.

A picture we tweeted earlier Tuesday also ruffled some feathers online.

An Albert Street office tower is abuzz with news of a new feathered friend. 0:29