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Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time. This post was originally written on another blog site several years ago. I thought it was cute and thought I would re-share on WordPress.

Shayna was a kitten (SPCA Suncoast alumni) back a few years ago. And, there were many firsts for her. It was fun watching her react to them. She discovered all kinds of weird and wonderful things; now, of course, they are simply the known and familiar so she sleeps through it all.

We always have a Sandhill Crane family or two around so every year we see them with their youngsters. The Sandhill Crane family includes Mom, Dad and 2 kids wandering around the Timber Greens golf course. One day, Shayna and the Sandhills got up close and personal. Maybe it’s not only beauty that is in the eye of the beholder? 

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time.

Shayna: Whoa, what are those really strange creatures? And why are they coming over here?

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Shayna: They are so weird looking.

Papa Sandhill Crane: She thinks WE’RE weird looking? Somebody get this kitten a mirror!

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Sandhill Cranes are about 3-4 feet tall when fully grown. The families stay together and usually have 2 babies. Mom and Dad split the child-rearing duties between them. Sandhill Cranes mate for life and if one dies or is killed crossing the busy roads around here, the other mourns for a few weeks by making very loud calls and wandering all over looking for the missing one. If a baby is lost/killed, the whole remaining family mourns.

Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Babies are born with bright yellow feathers and after a couple of months go brown, then develop the gray coloration like their parents; except for the red spot on the head. That doesn’t show until they are 8-9 months old. They grow rapidly from tiny bundles of fluff, and babies stay with the parents until they can fly which takes about 8 or 9 months.

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Kitten Meets Sandhill Cranes First Time

Curious Little Blue Herons

Curious Little Blue Herons  both in their actions and how they can walk on bushes.

Why are they Curious Little Blue Herons? Living on the golf course at Timber Greens means we get to see lots of creatures; gators, deer, hawks, and many different birds. The Pithalachascotee River runs in back of the golf course so we have water birds too. I call it my wildlife park. BTW, I don’t call them Little Blue Herons because of their size; that is how they are listed in my Peterson Field Guide (I think because of they are much smaller than Great Blue Herons).

This Little Blue Heron decided he wanted to come in and visit. He was checking out the glass light over our front door. Not much room up there but he managed. There were also some bees buzzing around which may have been his real object.

Curious Little Blue HeronsCurious Little Blue Herons

 

Little Blue Heron later was wandering around on a bush outside the window looking for lizard or bug snacks.  The bush surrounds our air conditioning unit and I was concerned that the unit would come on and scare the feathers off him; so I reset the temperature to keep it from coming on. He just wandered happily around: finally posing on the unit itself giving me a great photo op. He really enjoyed his time dancing around there although I didn’t see him find any snacks.

Little Blue Herons Are CuriousLittle Blue Herons stand about 24″ tall (Great Blues are about 4ft); they are a very pretty slate blue with deep maroon-brown necks, long bills that ware gray with black tips. They feed on fish, frogs, mice, insects and lizards. they are very territorial and chase each other away. They don’t eat seeds or bread.

Curious Little Blue Herons. They do make the oddest noise when they are chasing another bird like an egret or another  Little Blue Heron away from their territory. We’ve named this one Blue Crunky because he’s always chasing some other birds away and makes a crunking noise to scare them.

I think my Curious Little Blue Heron is a cute guy. He has been around for several years now. The reason I think he’s a he is that I have never seen any Little Blues running around after him.

Toni Weidman
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Florida Luxury Realty
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Hawks In Timber Greens,New Port Richey FL

Hawks In Timber Greens New Port Richey, FL. Our Red-shouldered Hawks came to visit again. The first picture is Mr. Hawk who was on our outside light, it was raining earlier and he looks a little damp.

Hawks in Timber Greens-Both Male and Female

Hawks in Timber Greens-New Port Richey FL
Meanwhile, I think this is Mrs. Hawk because she’s darker than him with less pretty white and brown spots on front. She was sitting up in the tree, looking down at my cat on the porch. I think she was contemplating a snack. She stayed there quite a while too (even when I went out to take her picture after putting the cat in the house). She just gave me that Hawk-eye and then decided I was much too big for her to eat.

Hawks In Timber Greens -New Port Richey, FL
We live in Timber Greens on the golf course. It’s a 55+, gated and  guarded golf community. It’s  beautiful and just like living in a wildlife park. We see deer, all types of birds, raccoons, and even an alligator at our pond.

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Trinity, FL 34655
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Hawks In Timber Greens,New Port Richey FL