Sandhill Cranes arrived at the little neighborhood Paradise Lake here on Saturday night (12/14/17) at twilight. First I spotted two of the big birds and then the rest of the flock flew in. It was quite the sight! The lake is very low again so I think the Sandhill Cranes like the mudflat sandbars in the middle of the lake. I spotted twenty-one cranes at Swartz Park!
I believe this flock of Sandhill Cranes are migrating from up North. I think that we do have a few here that are native to Florida as well that may be among the bunch. One of the Sandhill Cranes is either a leucastic genetic mutation bird, or is a hybrid between the Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane. That individual is a lot lighter in color than the other twenty cranes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!