Osprey Live Stream, Stockton, Missouri

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Empire District Electric Company and Mid Central Contractors invite you to join us in celebrating the return of osprey to Stockton Lake. Enjoy this brief peek into the lives of this osprey family! But, please be aware, at times, nature can be difficult to watch.

On February 24, 2015, Empire moved the osprey nest from one of our transmission towers to this newly built nesting box. The pair had a nest burn last summer after coming in contact with an energized electric line. The fire also did damage to the transmission tower and line, interrupting electric service. This new home for the pair of osprey is meant to be a safe nesting alternative while also increasing service reliability for Empire customers. Click here to view photos of the installation of the nesting platform.

Above is a live stream of the nesting box. The box is approximately 4-feet by 4-feet and approximately 70-feet high. Although the power lines are visible in the background, the nesting box is approximately 50 feet away from the power lines. This nest also has night vision provided by infrared light illumination. Birds and humans cannot see infrared light, so the osprey are not bothered at night by the infrared light illumination. The cameras are powered by two solar panels. If there are several days in a row of overcast skies, the camera may run out of battery backup. But, once the sun returns, the camera will be operational again.

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About Ospreys

Osprey are uncommon statewide, most are spring and fall migrants but a few nest here. Ospreys are up to 24 inches long, with a 5- to 6-foot wingspan. They are midway between eagle size and large hawk size.

They eat almost exclusively fish they have caught, including carp, catfish, perch, shad and suckers. Also called “fish hawks” or “fish eagles,” osprey usually fly back and forth over—and 50 to 200 feet above—the water while searching for fish. When an osprey spies a fish, it hovers a moment before diving and plunging into the water feet first. Often it will completely submerge except for the wings.

Osprey reach maturity at age 3 or 4 and usually nest near water on a tall structure, such as a tree or rocky bluff. Like bald eagles, they generally mate for life. Nests are built of sticks and miscellaneous other materials. Two to four eggs are produced and hatch in about 5 weeks. The chicks fledge after about 9 weeks. Both parents care for the young. Osprey live about 7-10 years but have been known to live for 25.

(Source: Missouri Department of Conservation)

For more information about osprey, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website here.


Comments 904

  1. Denise Rahjes

    Breakfast is ready and Inky Dink is now being served! Have a good day Osprey friends! It looks like another beautiful day at Stockton Lake!

  2. Denise Rahjes

    It looks like a beautiful evening for Mom and her babies on the nest! The scenery is just beautiful and the babies look happy and well cared for, as usual! Sleep tight Mom, Dad and babies and sweet osprey dreams to all!

  3. Mindy

    The poor birds are getting pounded with rain. It appears the 2 older (Glory & Stormy) are helping mom protect the other two (Charm & Inky Dink). It is pretty cool to see this. I hope the weather clears soon for them.

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      Thanks for writing names. I had not written down & was having difficulty remembering
      It should be getting close to time older ones can begin feeding themselves. Dad will be busy bringing
      Fish to them.

      1. Sharon T

        I am looking forward to the little ones feeding themselves. Should be interesting to watch them wrestle with their food.

  4. Denise Rahjes

    A fresh fish was just brought in and is flopping while 3 of the babies get lined up to get their share of breakfast! They have grown so quickly and are really becoming much more coordinated as they meander around the nest and flap their wings! I will miss them when they fledge so I am going to enjoy every moment I can watching them. Mom and Dad are the best parents!

  5. Sharon T

    Lots of movement going on in the nest today. One of the chicks is walking around up on it’s feet and flapping wings like crazy. Working those muscles!!

  6. Mary Allen-Rippy

    I believe it is No. 1 really testing wings this AM. 9:30
    Almost as big as Mom. Mom on edge of nest as they all want to be close to edge. Who wouldn’t want
    To look out over the beautiful scenery!

    1. Sharon T

      #1 was born 6 weeks ago today. If indeed they fledge in 9 weeks, we do not have long to go now. It is really getting exciting!!

  7. Sharon T

    Babies are getting some alone time. One parent is watching from the utility pole. I figure we might be seeing a little more of them being left alone for short periods. They are so cute when they stretch their LONG wings out and their LONG legs. Like Denise said, they are getting so big now you cannot tell who the little runt was. I am so glad.

  8. Denise Rahjes

    I agree with Kimberly about the joy of watching this family after all the sad events that have happened at several other nest sites! Last night it was a joy to watch Dad feed one of the babies and I think it was Inky Dink. All of them have gotten so big now that it’s hard to tell who is who! Let’s all hope that this nest continues to thrive so all these babies can fledge!

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