This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Daytona Beach, Florida Fort Myers, Florida Lake Wales, Florida Lakeland, Florida Melbourne, Florida New Smyrna Beach, Florida Saint Cloud, Florida Trenton, Florida Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina
On Jan 15, 2012, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
it's somewhat startling to see birds this big. the cranes are probably taller, but they aren't as bulky. usually one or two, but i've seen 5 at once just sitting there at sunset in a dead tree. but i think most commonly it is seen standing guard at a pond's edge with its neck tucked in.