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.


New Time Lapse Feature


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 1,618

  1. Becky

    I know there has not been much, if any, osprey activity at the nest (only crows and vultures),but rest assured the ospreys are doing well at Stockton Lake. We just spent the weekend there with our boat and binoculars and I kept count of what we were seeing. We had a total of 13 ospreys sightings and I am certain there were at least 9 different ospreys based on the locations we found them at. They are the same coves and electric poles where we have seem them for the last 3 years. These other locations are quite a bit west and north of the camera nest. Four of the osprey were within approx 1/4 mile of the camera nest and we saw them at the same time, so I am sure there were 4.
    We witnessed 4 dives for fish with 2 of them successful.
    The most amazing thing happened as we were about to leave the lake. We were at the location quite a bit west of the camera nest. We saw an osprey dive and come up with a fish. An eagle appeared and flew after the osprey, trying to get it to drop the fish, I suppose. They flew overhead, around and around, the eagle chasing the osprey. The osprey was able to fly up and away and then circle back where it had come from. The eagle tried to follow, but the osprey was putting distance between them and finally the eagle flew off to the south. Unbelievable!!!!! What a show they put on for us.

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      Becky, thank you for your beautiful story of seeing the ospreys & the eagle/Osprey entertainment.
      I do miss seeing them on nest. However, will look forward to seeing them nest year.

    2. Sharon

      WOW………..what a story. Wish we lived closer so that we could experience them first hand as well. Thank you so much for the update. It is good to know that they are all doing well. I too am looking forward to watching again next year. Take care to all of my Osprey friends, people and birds alike. And until next time……….have a wonderful year.

      1. Marlaine

        All is forgiven. Not the first or last time it’s been misspelled and don’t ask how many times it’s been mispronounced. What were my parents thinking.

  2. Becky

    We went to Stockton Lake for Labor Day weekend, out in the boat more on the north end, and of course, osprey watching. We saw eight sightings, but they fly so fast and over treetops, so I don’t know how many there actually were. We witnessed four dives for fish, but all seemed to be unsuccessful. Three of the flybys were right in front of us and over our boat. I like to think they were saying “Hi!”

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