Meeting some real snowbirds- Sebring, FL

With our cruise vacation over, we’re back to our “normal” travel life.  This winter will be spent here in Florida, enjoying the sunshine and warmth – or so we were led to believeBear in Florida. But upon arriving back home the weather was a bit more brisk than we had hoped.  Oh well, maybe it will warm up a bit as we continue toward the southern end of the state.

As we were preparing to depart the Orlando area, we heard a noise behind Betsy and went out to see our friend the bear again, strutting out of our site after helping himself to our bird feeder.  Our neighbor came by to tell us that he had very carefully sucked all of the food out of it one day while we were gone. Hmmm.

Making our way closer to the southern tip of Florida, we first stopped for a week at Sebring and visited my niece.  Although we hadn’t seen any birds near our site while setting up here, I put my feeder out just in case.  To my surprise we began getting daily visits, not from small birds but from three really big ones – Sandhill Cranes!  Now these are some real snowbirds!

Sandhill Crane

It doesn’t take long for this guy to empty the feeder!

The trio came by looking for food every day at around noon.  Of course, I was ecstatic to see them on their first visit.  But on the following days they began pecking on things (like our car!) and we soon realized they are actually a nuisance here.

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane

Hey lady, I can stand on one leg – can you?

The Buttonwood Bay RV Resort (Steve’s review here) is large and lush, with natural surroundings and lots of on-site activities.  Since we just arrived from a vacation, we’re mostly just taking it easy at this stop.  Fortunately, the resort has 2.5 miles of paths through and around it, so we were able to walk and bike every day to burn off some of the calories from that cruise food.  It was during one of these treks that we discovered a lake behind the resort that was teeming with various birds.  Steve and I enjoyed hanging out there, people watching, bird watching and sunset watching!

Buttonwood Bay RV Resort

It always puts a smile on my face to see birds I haven’t come across before, such as the two shorebirds below – a Limpkin and a Wood Stork.

Limpkin

Limpkin

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

During another walk on the path we encountered this huge spider.  Steve put his hand behind it to show how big it was.  Yikes!

Big spider

Many guests (people snowbirds) at the park gathered here in the evenings with their friends to witness the setting sun.

Buttonwood RV Resort

Buttonwood RV Resort

Next up:  Betsy gets a refrigerator transplant!

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