Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Gruidae
Genus: Grus
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Citra, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Hudson, Florida
Lady Lake, 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
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Members' Notes:


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


On May 9, 2010, trgwebr from Chilton, WI wrote:

Last summer, sandhill cranes ate all the koi out of our 20 by 20 foot outdoor pond. They're back, and we're not as happy as we were a few years ago.

Editorial comment: this sounds far more likely to be a Great Blue Heron, than a Sandhill Crane - Ed.


On Apr 11, 2010, ChiliMaster from Lake Geneva, WI wrote:

The Sandhill cranes are also back ....saw a large flock recently


On Oct 12, 2009, plantladylin from (Zone 1) 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!