Six Sandhill Cranes were spotted on Dec. 28, 2018, on Buena Vista Blvd. near the designated fishing pond here in The Villages, Florida. The cranes were in an area South of the fishing pond that seems to be a series of rainfall retention basins that were chock-full of water.
Some of the cranes started calling for their flock-mates. The majestic big birds raised their heads, opened their bills and called. This call is a very loud soprano trill that can be heard quite a long way off.
The Sandhill Cranes that are our all year-around flock, generally are seen in tiny family groups of two to four. These birds love to browse on tender grassy areas. They eat grains, seeds, grasses, and insects. I always love seeing these birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the particular photo. Enjoy! Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year in 2019!