On my way back home from dropping my daughter off at school in the mornings, there are usually a fair amount of birds taking their early morning stroll and feeding in the community pond. Greater Sandhill Cranes, besides being some very noisy birds, are having their nesting areas overrun with people in our area. That of course, leads to these beautiful feathered friends intermingling with the locals. The ones we see in and around the Tampa area (predominantly Brandon and Riverview that I have seen) are the non-migratory type. This means that they rely on this area for their living, feeding and nesting habits. With that being the case, all of the new development is promoting danger to the population in our area. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a family of 4 whittle down to 2 due to being hit by vehicles. If you see a pair walking, it is likely a mated couple. If they are with 2 other, slightly tanned cranes, then they are their offspring. Greater Sandhill Cranes only lay two eggs at a time and are incubated for a period of about 1 month. Many of these wonderful birds are becoming less hesitant about approaching people and will eat right out of your hand sometimes. This can be a great danger to these birds, I myself having to have held up traffic numerous times as they slowly cross streets and highways as if cars do not exist. So please folks, do not feed the birds – but you can look and help one across the street sometime.
This was one that I happened across – mate was close by.
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