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Wordless Wading Bird Friday: Sandhill Cranes

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More Birds Arriving

Sandhill Cranes

The Winter migration is underway and more and more birds are arriving here in recent days.  This will continue through December or early January.  I have been seeing small flocks in the skies and on the shorelines of local lakes.  I also have included a photograph of some smaller freshwater turtles that happened to be sunning themselves on the shore of a local golf course pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Canada Geese

Cooter Turtles

Adult White Ibis

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Egyptian Geese

Mottled Ducks

Sandhill Cranes

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!

Sandhill Cranes in The Villages, FL

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Sandhill Cranes and a Little Blue Heron

Sandhill Cranes

A pair of Sandhill Cranes and a Little Blue Heron were seen at two ponds here in The Villages, Florida last week.  I saw the cranes on the shore of the small pond near Live Oaks Park on Morse Blvd. near CR 466, and the Little Blue Heron was at Freedom Pointe Lakes (The larger lake).  By the way, it has been very windy on several days here so a bit of blown-in trash is evident in the pictures.  Most of our shorelines are very clean here and this is a rare occurrence.

Both of these are wading birds that eat fish, frogs, aquatic snails, larger aquatic insects, small shoreline snakes, baby waterfowl, and baby Alligators.  The cranes also will eat grains and seeds.  I love seeing these beautiful big birds here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Cranes

Little Blue Heron

Sandhill Crane

Mobs of Birds!

Cattle Egrets and a Juvenile White Ibis

Great Egrets, and Roseate Spoonbill

White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorants, Wood Stork, Ring Billed Gulls

 

Wading birds are often here in big flocks at times during the Winter months.  Some flocks stay over the season but others are here a day to rest and eat and then off they go.

We have big flocks of Cattle Egrets; Glossy Ibis; Double-crested Cormorants; Ring-billed Gulls; White Ibis;  Snowy and Great Egrets; and American White Pelicans.  Sometimes we will have groups of Wood Storks and Sandhill Cranes but generally, these big birds are in small flocks of six to eight.  Most of the Wood Storks branch out to separate ponds where only one to four are present.  The Sandhill Cranes are most often seen in large grassy areas such as on the edges of golf courses.

It is so much fun to get out and do some bird watching!   By the way, the big flock of White Pelicans has returned to the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

American White Pelicans

Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants

Sandhill Cranes

 

 

 

 

Double-crested Cormorants

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Some Avian Villagers

Drake Hooded Merganser Duck

Tai-Colored Herons, Wood Storks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, White Ibis, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas, and many more large exotic birds are seen here in The Villages, Florida on and in our many ponds and small lakes.  It also is not unusual to see a Great Egret strolling through the shrubbery on street parkways.

There are always many varieties of large and small birds around this community and its many neighborhoods to observe!  It is such a pleasant hobby to go out bird watching!  I am sure many of the readers here will agree!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo!  Enjoy!

Wood Stork

Double-Crested Cormorants

White Ibis

 

 

Sandhill Crane

Tri-Colored Heron

Anhinga Drying its Wings

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