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A Visit to Sunnyhill Restoration Area

View of the some of the fields near the parking area and educational building

Sunnyhill Farm Restoration Area near Weirsdale, FL, (19411 SE Hwy 42), is a spot I occasionally visit to just take in the beautiful river-side prairie swampland scenery.  This former working, now park,  is huge at over 2,000 acres!  Nearly all of the park is kept wild and is inhabited by river animals, prairie swamp animals and a variety of wading birds, ducks, and songbirds.

While we were there, we saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes along the road but there was not a good spot to stop to take the picture of them so we just went along our way (of course when we left the park, the cranes were long gone from the entrance road-way area).  My hubby and I spent about an hour walking along river and canal trails and enjoyed ourselves quite a lot yesterday afternoon.  The overcast and windy weather was not conducive for bird watching but we managed to spot a few different birds.  We saw a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, a Great Blue Heron, a lone Eastern Bluebird and an Eastern Pewee bird.   We hope to go back again soon!  It is a lovely spot!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

A Red-shouldered Hawk

A Great Blue Heron

An Eastern Pewee Bird

 

 

The Ocklawaha River

A Red-shouldered Hawk

A male Eastern Bluebird

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Scenes from Sunnyhill Restoration Area

 

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Sunnyhill Restoration Area on the Oklawaha River near Weirsdale, Florida is a gem of a park.  It has several thousand acres of river bottom farm land, and a lot of the land has been restored to its natural state.  There are huge swaths of natural open fields close to the river.  There are mown areas and nature trails for easy flat hiking or horseback riding.  There also are several small drainage ditch creeks running through the area.  I walked about 1-1/2 miles while there.  It was bucolic and oh-so-fun!

I was at Sunnyhill on January 20, 2015 and saw Sand Hill Cranes (a few in the far end of one pasture pictured, and three up close near the front gate which seem to like that area), several Northern Cardinals, a flock of Ibis in flight, and a lovely Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker.  I also saw a few Eastern Phoebe birds.  I am including several scenic views of the beautiful park here on today’s post.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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More Sunnyhill

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Here are more photographs of wildlife and scenery that I took while at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area, Weirsdale, Florida on January 3, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

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Views From Sunnyhill Restoration Area

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Sunny Hill Restoration Area

Sunny Hill Restoration Area

Sand Hill Crane

Sand Hill Crane

 

Spotting Sand Hill Cranes and seeing other wading birds and birds of prey, were highlights of my day trip to the wonderful Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Weirsdale, Florida on January 3, 2015.  This park is conservation land along the banks of the Oklawaha River and used to be a huge farm years ago.

This was the third time I had visited the park.  I really loved seeing a trio of Sand Hill Cranes in the front yard of the one of the park office spaces.  I had seen two cranes in the same yard the last time I visited, which was about a month ago.  We also spotted a flock of the cranes down the road about two miles but I could not get any pictures as there was no place nearby to park along the highway.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes

Sunny Hill Restoration & Oklawaha River

Sunny Hill Restoration & Oklawaha River

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Anhinga

 

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Sunny Hill Restoration Area

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret

 

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