Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis )

Sandhill Cranes Feeding

These handsome birds are certainly not exclusive to Florida, yet I could not imagine Florida without them.  One can find two subspecies in Florida.  Grus canadensis pratensis (Florida Sandhill) resides throughout the year in much of the state and Grus canadensis rowani (Canadian Sandhill) visits during the winter months. Their …

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Two Raptors: Red-tailed Hawk & Swallow-tailed Kite

Red-tailed Hawk

I had the opportunity to see two wonderful and very different raptors recently, right in my own neighborhood.  One day apart, I was able to see a Red-tailed Hawk and a Swallow-tailed Kite. Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Though the Red-tailed Hawk may be the most common hawk in the United States, …

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Six Mile Cypress Slough / Give Birds a Brake

White Beauty

This isn’t the topic I had planned on writing about, but, as other topics failed me this week, it seems that fate would have me writing about this. A few years ago I began birding, thanks greatly to watching The Big Year and an on-going love of nature in general.  I try and make …

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