These Sandhill Cranes kept us company most of the morning, as they strolled and foraged along the same trails we chose to walk. They were clearly right at home here, and utterly unperturbed by our presence.
Sandhill Crane chicks can leave the nest about 8 hours after hatching (!) but, like this long-legged juvenile above, they stick very close to the parents till the age of about 9-10 months (All About Birds).
Like so many of our year-round Florida birds, “The future of Sandhill Cranes is mainly tied to the fate of their habitat. It’s particularly important to conserve wetlands in the ranges of nonmigratory populations, and in staging and wintering areas where large migratory flocks congregate.” (All About Birds).
According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, Sandhills are “quite omnivorous feeding on seeds, grain, berries, insects, earthworms, mice, small birds, snakes, lizards, frogs, crayfish…” (FWC)
P.S. Thank you to my terrific husband for the cool video in this post~! For those who may not have been able to view the video above, I’m trying again to link it here below: