Sandhill Cranes are found here in The Villages, FL, in several spots all year long. We have a native Southern Sandhill Crane population that mostly stays on or near golf courses or park areas near ponds. These large birds eat grasses, seeds, insects, aquatic plants, aquatic snails, and occasionally small fish or frogs.
We usually see the Sandhill Cranes in pairs or family units with parents and one or two offspring, called “Colts”. When traveling, the cranes will flock up and sometimes we will see ten or even twenty of the cranes here along the shore of our small lakes. I am always thrilled to see the Sandhill Cranes! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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!
Florida Sandhill Cranes are native here in Florida and are here all year around in addition to our migratory Sandhill Cranes which are only here in the Winter and early Spring. We often see Sandhill Cranes at several spots in The Villages, FL.
Sandhill Cranes enjoy strolling around our golf courses as they love being around the golf ponds and nibbling on the tender green grasses. Many are no longer really wary of golfers and golf carts. They seem somewhat nonchalant about people playing through. I was pretty surprised to see three cranes stroll past a pair of golfers and around two parked golf carts just as calmly as if those people and carts were not there at all.
The cranes of course, also love our preserves marshes and swamps! I have seen Sandhill Cranes in the yards of homes, in landscaped medians on roads and also in parks. They just adjust to the area they want to feed and rest in. I think these birds nest in marsh areas and preserves near ponds or lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.
A pair of Sandhill Cranes was seen on the Arnold Palmer Legends golf course off of CR 466 near Morse Blvd. in The Villages, FL on Friday. These birds appear to be yearlings and maybe are a couple. The big birds are often spotted on the edges of golf courses here.
I was excited to see the cranes near the fence next to the multi-modal trail where we were driving in the golf cart. It certainly made it easy to get the snap-shots of the cranes. By the way, the grasses here in our area are going dormant due to the season and that is why many lawns are looking a lot more brown these days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Double-crested Cormorant
White Ibis, Mallard Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Double Crested Cormorant, A Snowy Egret, Sandhill Cranes, and a Little Blue Heron were all photographed while in flight. All were moving from place to place here in Central Florida in The Villages and in the Ocala area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
A Hen Mallard Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
A Snowy Egret
A Little Blue Heron
Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Wood Storks, Anhingas, Little Blue Herons, Trio-colored Herons, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Double-crested Cormorants, Sandhill Cranes, Mottled Ducks, Muscovy Ducks, Mallard Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks all have been spotted at the lovely pond at the El Santiago Golf Course in The Villages, Fl this year.
I often can spot several larger birds here and am usually rewarded with good sightings. There is easy access to the pond from Enrique Drive or the recreation center’s parking lot. By the way, the Bald Eagles sometimes perch on the electric line towers both on the golf course and just down the street. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!