Sandhill Cranes are resident and migratory birds here in The Villages, FL. It is not uncommon to see these large birds around the edges of golf courses, especially those near marshes. Sandhill Cranes often eat grass, seeds, insects, worms, snails and prefer the cut apron areas of fairways. Occasionally the cranes can be seen on people’s front or backyard lawns! We do not fence most lots here. By the way, the photo of the cranes in flight was actually taken at Paynes Prairie overlook on Highway 441 near Gainesville, FL.
These are various photographs I have taken here in the past months of the Sandhill Cranes. Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture.
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.
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!
I spotted this pair of Sandhill Cranes standing next to the golf cart path on Sumter County Road 466 on the Arnold Palmer Legends golf course in The Villages, FL on Sunday night at about 5:30pm.
It is not too unusual to see Sandhill Cranes on the courses here in The Villages. They love browsing for grass, seeds, and insects. Of course the tender grass is easy on their feet and most of the courses have a pond for them to drink from. I think the Sandhill Cranes pictured are Florida natives. We have several breeding pairs in the area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!