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Sandhill Cranes in The Villages, FL

A pair of Sandhill Cranes was spotted last night about 6:30pm in the Hacienda neighborhood, across the street from a golf course, here in The Villages, FL.  We have a year-around population of Sandhill Cranes which are native here in Florida.

Sandhill Cranes love browsing on tender grass on cool shady golf courses where there also usually is a pond for drinking water.  These cranes will eat insects and worms as well as aquatic plants, small fish, frogs and small turtles.

The cranes here in The Villages don’t seem terribly concerned by people being around as this pair were actually standing on the front lawn of a residence across the street from the course (and across the street from Sandhill Crane statues in a front yard).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

The Statues

Sandhill Cranes

Last week I spotted several Sandhill Cranes here in The Villages, FL along pond shorelines at Morse Blvd. and CR 466 (near Live Oak Park) and at the Arnold Palmer Legends golf course also along CR 466 near Laurel Manor Recreation Center.

These are native Florida Sandhill Cranes.  I think we have many breeding pairs and small family groups around the area.  The Sandhill Cranes especially like the fringes of golf courses near the ponds.  Plenty of food and water and most golfers don’t mind the presence of the cranes since the cranes mostly are hanging out on the fringes of the courses near fences or under the trees.  It is always a big pleasure to see these large lovely birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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