Sandhill Crane Nest Camera
Greater Sandhill cranes will return to the same general area every year to nest and typically build a nest in the same or similar spot. Nests are simple, mound-like platforms made of marsh plants, grasses and weeds piled on the ground in marshes or wet meadows. Sandhill cranes in Colorado usually lay two eggs in late April or early May and incubate these eggs for about 30 days. Both crane parents will help in incubating the eggs and caring for the young once they hatch. When the eggs hatch, sandhill crane chicks are able to see, are covered in down feathers, and are able to walk within a few hours. After about a day, the chicks will leave the nest with their parents.
Learn more about sandhill crane nesting by checking out our Nesting FAQs!
Watch the Nest Camera Highlights to see all the excitement in short video clips!
Watch the recording of our recent webinar Everything You Want to Know About Greater Sandhill Crane Nesting.
History of this Nest
This year, the first egg was laid on April 15 and the second egg on April 18, 2021. The eggs are estimated to hatch on May 15, 2021. This nest was formed by a new pair in 2020. We are unsure how old the parents are but to our knowledge 2020 was the first time they have nested in this area. In 2020, the parents were successful in hatching 2 eggs and raising both young past fledging (able to fly) and into the fall. In order to protect these nesting Sandhill Cranes, the specific location of this nest will remain private and cannot be disclosed, except that it is on private property in the Yampa Valley of Northwest Colorado.
Live Video of a Sandhill Crane Nest
Follow these cranes throughout the nesting process by watching below! Ask questions or leave comments below to let us know what you are seeing and what is of interest to you.
Warning: This is a wild sandhill crane nest and anything can happen. While we hope the nest is successful and both eggs hatch, many things can happen to prevent this, including the eggs being infertile, predation of the eggs, chicks or adults, and natural disasters.
Disclaimer: Live-streaming a bird nest is new territory and with that comes technical problems. We cannot control problems related to mother nature, disrupted signals, etc. If you can’t play the video, try refreshing the webpage. Visit our Nest Camera Highlights page to see the best moments from this nest.
This live video feed is made possible through grants provided by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the WHILD fund. Internet access for live streaming is provided by Zirkel Wireless. Camera installation and setup were completed by Photon Syndicate. Discounted equipment was provided by Colorado Electric Supply.