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This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Citra, Florida Dunnellon, Florida Hudson, Florida Lutz, Florida (2 reports) Melbourne, Florida New Port Richey, Florida Ocoee, Florida Port Saint Lucie, Florida Saint Cloud, Florida Trenton, Florida Umatilla, Florida Winter Springs, Florida Algonquin, Illinois Milford, Michigan San Antonio, New Mexico Chilton, Wisconsin Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
On Oct 12, 2009, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
These large birds are amazing creatures. We see them whenever we visit our friends in Rockledge, Fl. They walk along the waters edge and sometimes we see them flying overhead. They have a rather loud, rattling call that can be heard from quite a distance. This pair stood preening for a long time and then one would stop, walk up to a window of one of the town homes and stand there looking in. He actually was probably seeing his reflection in the window but it looked as if he was stopping to chat with a neighbor!
I was able to get within a foot of this pair and they didn't seem to be fearful at all. I possibly could have gotten closer but didn't want to overstep bounds and just feel grateful they allowed me to take their picture!
On Jan 15, 2012, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
there are so many of the birds around. it's nice to know they have a safe area to establish a population. but, they are annoying when it comes to gardens - they just love digging things up. they're also an interesting site when they leap, jump, dance and prance