Google+

How to Find Nesting Florida Sandhill Cranes

 

How to Find Nesting Florida Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane Sitting on Nest

Sandhill Crane Sitting on Nest

Now is a great time to search for nesting Florida sandhill cranes.  Most Floridians know that cranes are cherished members of our communities since so many can be found in our urban areas.  They are very social birds during the off season congregating in large groups but pair up for nesting season.  Many cranes are currently sitting on nests and some clutches have already hatched.  As you are driving through your neighborhoods, take the time to scan the nearby ponds and lakes for cranes sitting on nests.  You may also find adults feeding colts (baby cranes) right in the grass on the side of the road.

Sandhill Cranes are quite easy to spot because they are such large birds usually standing up to 4ft tall.  They also have a red, heart-shaped crown which stands out like a red flag.  When you spot a nest, look for little orange fuzzballs.  The female lays between 1-3 eggs (usually 2) and will incubate for an average of 30 days.  The best time to witness and photograph the cranes is right after the eggs hatch because the family stays near the nest.  The

Brand New Sandhill Crane Family

Brand New Sandhill Crane Family

chicks become active soon after hatching, so you may well witness the chicks sparring, popping in and out of the adult’s feathers or even swimming. Within a week, the family will be walking several miles a day foraging and feeding the young.  If you discover an active nest, it’s best to keep a safe distance and allow the birds to get become accustomed to your presence.

Our Florida sandhill cranes are quite tame.  This is great for bird watchers and photographers but not so great for the cranes because many are killed by cars as they forage on the sides of roads or while attempting to cross them.  Cranes can become quite aggressive with humans due to feeding which has led to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission making it illegal to feed them.  So, please remember not to feed the sandhill cranes if you are lucky enough to find a nest or family and use caution when approaching them.
For those wishing to view more wildlife images, feel free to visit:  Marina Scarr Photography.
Beak-to-Beak

Beak-to-Beak

Sandhill Crane Colts -  Sibling Rivalty

Sandhill Crane Colts – Sibling Rivalty

Sandhill Crane Feeding Colt

Sandhill Crane Feeding Colt

Entertainment

For movies opening August 18, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening August 18, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS The Hitman's Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about an ace bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who grudgingly helps a notorious assassin (Samuel … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good For You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo

  The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo by Amy Lignor   Each and every year the Wildlife Conservation Expo is held to address situations out there that are harming our world and its animal inhabitants. This time around, WCN’s annual Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo in October, will be focusing on … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar

  How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar  by Edwin Evers When it comes to electronics, a question I get asked a lot is, “How do you customize your fish finder settings at the beginning of a day on the water?” The short answer is, “I don’t.”   You might think that a guy who makes his living with a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness … [Read More its Good for You...]