I’ve lived in Northern California about as long as its been a state (57 years). I’d never seen a wild turkey until the last few years. Suddenly they’re all over the place – this weekend I saw 3 different flocks in different locations; just a few yards from the freeway. Has the native habitat of the turkey expanded recently?
Similarly, I never saw a snowy egret for the first 40-odd years of my life. Now, every mud puddle on the side of the road has an egret in it. Which is kinda nice, as they’re pretty spectacularly beautiful.
I also recall as a kid, going on camping trips and hearing that we were theoretically in mountain lion habitat, but that none had been spotted in 50 years or so. Now, hardly a month goes by without a mountain lion sighting in some outlying suburb, moseying down a street or hopping a fence in someone’s back yard. This is not mysterious, however, as their numbers have rebounded dramatically due to prohibitions on hunting.