Sandhill Crane of Florida

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Bird - Sandhill Crane

The Sandhill Crane of Florida is a common site. This crane confidently walked up to us from the edge of a golf course in Orlando, Florida. He had no problem coming within a few feet away.

There is a population of 4,000 to 5,000 Sandhill Cranes in Florida on a year round basis, with the numbers rising by an additional 25,000 cranes which migrate down from Canada and the mid-west U.S. for the cold winter months.

I was really surprised by how confident this bird felt.  He or she just slowly kept moving closer and closer to me.  I’m guessing the fact that I was snacking on food may have been a bit of an enticement.

Check out my video.  I think the sounds that this bird can call out will shock you.

These birds have a very distinctive loud call which you’ll hear towards the end of this video. He certainly gets your attention.

They are a tall majestic bird standing as tall as 5 feet. They also live a long healthy life of up to 35 years of age.

Sandhill Cranes are not fussy when it comes to eating.  They are omnivorous meaning that they will eat both plants and animals.

There favorite foods include seeds, berries, plant parts and small insects.  Meatier snacks like worms, frogs, lizards are also enjoyed.

There are few birds in Canada, where I’m from, which I’ve ever witnessed feel comfortable enough to stroll over for a visit. I felt fortunate to have been able to meet a Sandhill Crane of Florida.  It was certainly a nice treat to add to the holiday.

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Rick Davis


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