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A pair of Sand Hill Cranes was happily spotted near the front entrance to the Sunny Hill Restoration Area along the shoreline of the Oklawaha River in Weirsdale, FL.  The area is a large tract of conservation land and is home to many birds and mammals.

The Sand Hill Cranes were feeding on the lush lawn in front of a small single story departmental office building.  These cranes were almost right up next to the highway and also were very close to the driveway entrance into the park.  In spite of being close to homes and an office, these are not park pets, but are wild birds.

I think the Sand Hill Cranes enjoy being around water and fresh green grass.  They eat grasses and grains mostly. I took these pictures on Monday, December 9, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!



Comments on: "Sand Hill Cranes at Sunny Hill" (4)

    • I was pretty amazed that we saw these birds almost at the very entrance to the park along the driveway and on the office’s lawn. I think they adore fresh green grass to eat when grains are not plentiful. This park is along the river so there is plenty of water also. Have a wonderful weekend!

  1. There is just something about these cranes I love! Great photos and nice sighting.. Have a great evening and weekend ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, I think they seem like affable smart big birds. They are really neat to watch up close. I was totally surprised to see Sand Hill Cranes fairly close to habitation on two recent occasions. Who knew? Have a wonderful weekend!

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