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Wordless Wading Bird Friday: Sandhill Cranes

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Florida Sandhill Cranes


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.

Sandhill Cranes on the Golf Course

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 Flock of Florida Sandhill Cranes

This flock of about eleven Sandhill Cranes visited the rapidly drying-up beautiful little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida on Monday, April 3, 2017 at dusk.  I think the feeding was great for the big birds!  There were a lot of aquatic plants exposed as well as easily caught minnows, tadpoles, small fish, frogs, and the like.

I think these birds were doing courtship dances as several were hopping and flapping their wings.  They also were vocalizing in a low soft manner.  It also was pretty humorous to see a Great Blue Heron fly over near where the cranes were at and see the reaction of both kinds of birds.  After just a moment of being harassed by the cranes, the heron flew to another area of the lake were the other birds were tiny ones!  Ha!

I believe this group is just visiting but may be from the region.  We have both migratory and native Sandhill Cranes here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  It rained on Tuesday – a nice good soaker!  – Wildlifewatcher


The Sandhill Cranes Visit


Six Sandhill Cranes were spotted on the shores of our little neighborhood park lake, Paradise Lake, on Sunday, December 11, 2016.  Two were near Swartz Park and four were on the far shore across from Paradise Park.

I think I witnessed a courtship dance but that is uncertain.  All of the sudden two of the four cranes started flapping their wings, bowing down a little and then each hopped several times. I think it was hubba-hubba I am great or maybe aggression?  Who knows?  I have never seen this behavior in person.  These are likely not resident Florida cranes.  I believe these are Winter visitors and may be on the way further South.  Again, who can tell?  Perhaps these beautiful big birds will remain in The Villages for the Winter season.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  By the way, in one picture, there is a Great Blue Heron standing very close to a Sandhill Crane.   The crane is the one with the red marking on its forehead.  Enjoy!




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