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 1,053

  1. Denise Rahjes

    Three on the nest and one is eating and one is on the utility pole! So good to see the babies on this beautiful evening!

  2. Mary Allen-Rippy

    10:20 pm. Gail, I have so enjoyed watching this nest & keeping tabs on them. Worry during storms
    And check afterward to make sure they are ok. I’ve also enjoyed reading everyone’s comments.
    It’s as if we have all taken them into our hearts and embrace this family.

    May they all capture the wind beneath their wings when it is time to move on (I hope not too soon. Lol)
    And fly safely.

  3. Denise Rahjes

    Finally, I get to see Mom on the nest with one of her kids! It is so good to see them as it seems that every time I check in, I don’t see any of them! Have a safe day Osprey family! I bet Dad is busy trying to catch fish for all of you! Soon you will all be catching your own!

  4. Mary Allen-Rippy

    9:35 pm. Mom on perch nest empty. I wonder if Mom is protecting nest from predators or likes the
    Quietness of the night.

    1. gail

      Now seeing that two have fish and one fish was just taken by the third sibling….
      Parent came in and is trying to arrange an unruly stick…

  5. Sharon D.

    For a brief moment mom, dad and 3 babies were on the nest and the 4th on the perch. Now mom is feeding two of the babies.

  6. Denise Rahjes

    Mom on nest and one kiddo on the perch! Hoping for a good day full of fun and safe adventures for our osprey family!

  7. Mary Allen-Rippy

    7:10am. Mom & 2 kiddos on nest. One flew off. Looked like 2 pcs fish on nest another flew onto perch
    Maybe using nest as their breakfast table.

  8. Mary Allen-Rippy

    3:30 pm. Nest still empty. Difficult to catch them now. But I am extremely happy they were able to leave
    Nest and not have to suffer thru these hot, hot temps on nest

  9. gail

    I just saw a dark flash on the right side of the cam like a wing(?)….I wonder if someone is sitting on the cam…..

  10. Mary Allen-Rippy

    10:10 am. One kid on nest one on perch. Maybe Mom sent one in so she could take a break. One on perch
    Flew off but came back quickly.

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