Sandhill Cranes are here in my area for the Winter months. Some are even year-round residents. The big grey, white, beige, and red birds are most often spotted near grassy areas where there also is a pond, lake, or river nearby. They eat grass, grains, and occasionally snails, small fish, tadpoles and other small aquatic prey. Mostly, they are vegetarians. While observing the cranes, I also spotted a feisty Eastern Blue Jay, a pretty Palm Warbler and a female Northern Cardinal.
In The Villages, in Sumter County, FL, the Sandhill Cranes sometimes are seen around golf courses where they are admired and are not terribly inconvenient for the golfers (unlike the ‘gators). I took these pictures on December 30, 2015 at a spot fairly close to the Live Oaks Park near Sumter Square and Lake Sumter. I think someone had put bird seed down (not me). The big birds enjoyed an easy meal! I also saw the pair at a small pond near that same area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!