A lone Whooping Crane was spotted resting among a large flock of Sand Hill Cranes at the University of Florida’s cattle pastures on Williston Rd. in Gainesville, Florida on February 7, 2015. This is a wonderful spot for the visiting cranes as there is plenty of food in the hay and grains fed to the cattle herd, and there is enough water for all. Whooping Cranes are pretty seldom seen here in Florida.
The cranes are migratory birds and visiting Gainesville for the Winter. The fenced cattle pastures seem good for the cranes as they are not bothered by people who may be walking around nearby (This pasture is across from residential neighborhoods). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!