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 1,085

  1. Denise Rahjes

    Just checking comments and so glad to hear that little #4 (Inky Dink) is appearing to be doing better. Go little one – we are all rallying around you! Isn’t it something how our emotions get all caught up with the underdog in any nest?!

  2. Keith

    #4 is certainly looking a lot better than it did a couple days ago. Fight little guy, fight! We are pulling for you.

  3. Mindy

    The little one is eating and very well. Moving around well too. Think all will be fine. Keeping my fingers crossed. I call the little one Inky Dink. LOL

  4. Becky

    Went to Stockton Lake yesterday, out in the boat with binoculars. We saw 3 other nesting platforms that Empire has put up. Two obviously had an adult pair in them, assume there were babies also, but couldn’t tell from the lake level. Not sure if there was activity in the third nest. Thank you so much Empire for doing this. We really appreciate the time and effort put into making this happen.

    About the last little baby to hatch….I remember worrying so much last year about the runt. I really didn’t know if it could hold its own, but it continued on at is own pace and maybe because the fish were so plentiful, it grew up just fine and fledged on its own schedule. Today the little one was moving around and acting interested in eating, too, so I will continue to have positive thoughts about it until proven otherwise.

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      Thank you Becky for your comments. I, too, have been keeping an eye on nest throughout the day.
      Baby 4 has been moving around nest eating & sleeping. The two youngest are fun to watch them trying
      To get their wings arranged. I think we all are hoping for the best for this family.

  5. Mary Allen-Rippy

    9:20 am. Four babies spread out on nest. Mom watching. The little one moving also. I have seen mom feed it
    I do hope that it makes it. I had not noticed there was a problem.

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      1:00 pm. Mom shading babies. Amazing how she can spread just one wing for their protection
      From elements.

  6. Sharon T

    Here is something that my husband pointed out………..have you ever noticed how Mom sits on the nest always rotating with the sun. She is always giving the babies the best shade.

  7. Linda

    Love the light and shadow of the nest at night. They look settled down for the night. Hope the storm that went through north springfield leaves the nest and family be

  8. Linda

    Love the contrast of light and shadow with these black and white pics. Mom (I guess is it mom) looks so alone with her babies. A happy family.

  9. Denise Rahjes

    The babies seem to get bigger by the minute and mom and dad are such awesome parents! Is there ever any “bonking” going on in this nest between the siblings? I have not seen it on this nest like I see it in other nests which makes me happy!!

  10. Kris

    Mom standing at the side of the nest giving the babes an airing and room to move about. Two of them are at opposite sides of the nest while the other two huddle in the middle.

  11. Mindy

    I sure hope mom and babie are going to be ok. It appears a bad storm is going to hit them soon. Mom has taken a beating with hail several times. Hang on tight Osprey’s!!!

  12. Mary Allen-Rippy

    10:00 am. Dad on nest watching watching family. They were cuddled. Mom
    Flew back in & it seemed little ones wanted back under cover.
    No. 1 & 2 certainly are growing fast.

    1. JANET FUNICELLI

      I was watching after dark for a little while last night. There was tremendous lighting and it would light up the area while still far away. Mom is so brave and devoted to her babies!

  13. Denise Rahjes

    It looks like Mom is going through another storm and it looks like the wind is picking up. It always worries me and I hope all will be ok. Hang in there, Mom!

  14. Linda

    Looks like it is ☔️ raining. Mom is protecting the little ones. She looks so all by herself. So much rain so far.

  15. Mike Gordon

    Okay, well I’m not sure what happened. I’ve been gone most of the weekend we had over 300 spam hits and some way or another several people got unapproved including me so don’t feel special. Anyway I think it’s all better now.

    1. JANET FUNICELLI

      Ahhhh the internet! With all the joys it can bring us it sure can be frustrating at times! Thank you for persevering Mike!

  16. gail

    Mom is working hard to shade the babes today. I haven’t been able to get a good look at the chicks to make sure all made
    it through the storms okay…..

  17. Denise Rahjes

    Looks like a beautiful day at Stockton Lake and the babies are getting so big already. Dad was just on the nest with a fish but then flew off again with the fish! Mom is moving sticks around and sprucing up the nest! Such a wonderful Osprey family to enjoy! Happy Memorial Day to everyone and many thanks to all of those who have served our country!!

  18. Mike Gordon

    Things seem to be better today, All the cameras went down yesterday afternoon……..I have another camera at greenfield that I can view to determine if the problem is with our ISP or at the Nesting Site and they were all acting up over the last couple days. Yesterday afternoon things seem to clear up. So hopefully it has been repaired by the ISP provider.

  19. Linda

    One last peek before going to bed just to make sure everything is okay. Mom (I think it is mom) on nest taking care of the wee ones.❤️

  20. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom & Dad both on nest. Saw another bird fly in toward nest & was forced to move on. Great job Mom & Dad
    I don’t remember seeing other prey trying to get on nest last year.

  21. Sharon T

    OHhhhh NOoooo!!! Went to check in on the family and the camera seems to be having technical difficulties. There is a black screen and it says “Camera is not available”. Help!!!

  22. Denise Rahjes

    Dad is hanging out with mom and babies on the nest while mom does a few nestorations before settling back down with the babies!!

  23. gail

    From what I’ve seen, not all Mama O’s can count…..but, ours here sure can…..One, two, three, four…..

  24. Mindy

    I saw Dad feed mom a few bites of fish. I was amazed and shocked. I did know they did that. I think it is awesome. Dad is so awesome!

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