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!
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!
Sunny Hill Restoration Area
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
Sunny Hill Restoration & Oklawaha River
Sunny Hill Restoration Area
Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret
A pair of Sand Hill Cranes was happily spotted near the front entrance to the Sunny Hill Restoration Area along the shoreline of the Oklawaha River in Weirsdale, FL. The area is a large tract of conservation land and is home to many birds and mammals.
The Sand Hill Cranes were feeding on the lush lawn in front of a small single story departmental office building. These cranes were almost right up next to the highway and also were very close to the driveway entrance into the park. In spite of being close to homes and an office, these are not park pets, but are wild birds.
I think the Sand Hill Cranes enjoy being around water and fresh green grass. They eat grasses and grains mostly. I took these pictures on Monday, December 9, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!