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Sand Hill Cranes were spotted en-mass in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida’s cattle research lot on Williston Road.  There likely were between 50 and 100 Sand Hill Cranes along with a single Whooping Crane where I was there early in February, 2015.

These cranes love the fenced cattle pasture with water tubs and lots of grain and hay to feast on.  The cranes fly off to roost in larger trees elsewhere in Gainesville and return to the pasture during the day.  I believe these are migratory cranes but there may be some locals in the mix.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "Sand Hill Cranes in Gainesville, Florida" (9)

  1. I remember when I was a kid hearing my folks talk about Sand Hill Cranes, but I haven’t ween any around here at all. They are really cool and you’re lucky to get to see them!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, Sand Hill Cranes are special birds. I enjoy seeing them in our area here in North-central Florida. I hope you also will get to see some (Yellowstone has some in late Summer I believe). Have a great Wednesday tomorrow!

  2. I love these big beautiful birds. Great shots of the Sandhill Cranes.. Have a happy Wednesday!

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks! I also really love the Sand Hill Cranes! I was so thrilled to see so many there at that cattle pasture lot – especially in the city. Have a great day today!

  3. so neat that they know they’ve found a safe place to eat and rest.

    • Hi Theresa, Yes, very safe. Although people do live across the street in apartments, there is little foot traffic on the sidewalk as there is no on-street parking in that immediate area. So, combined with fences, that does make for a safe area for these wild birds. Have a tremendously nice day today!

  4. The middle capture of the pair is beautiful! I wish they visited our area around the Chesapeake Bay. 🙂

    • Hi Donna, Thanks! I was trying to get the pictures from behind a barbed wire fence from the public sidewalk. That pasture is unique as it is next to a regular residential street on the long side and a highway on the short side and is in the city itself. I sure do hope you get to see Sand Hill Cranes – they are wonderful! Have a fabulous day today!

  5. Linda, Be glad you are not in the Glade now.. The devastation around is horrible. Hope your rental property is okay. We made it through the ICE Storm and 50 mph winds –but were without power for 50 hours. Some in are area STILL don’t have power–even after a week.

    Hope you are enjoying FL this time of year especially. We are FINALLY thawing out some from all of our storms. They said on TV that the temperatures here did not get above freezing since Feb. 14…. Then the 5 storms hit.. It will take awhile to get all of this junk thawed out –and then the yard clean-up begins in our yard. HUGE JOB.

    Love your Sandhill Cranes.


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