Back Country by Robert Adams - Winter 2023
Some sandhill cranes [Antigone canadensis] are native to Florida while others migrate from the north in the winter. A large bird, it can be up to four feet tall and have a wide wing span. Its red head makes it very easy to see. Many live on ranch land and in state parks but a few can be found in cities. Males and females mate for life and they nest in bulrush, which gives them cover and nest building materials. At night they will stand in shallow sand ponds for safety along with many other cranes and ducks. Sandhills give a loud, trumpeting sound that can be heard from great distance.
Jan. 9, 2023