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. Sharon

    Dad brought the fish to mom again and again and again and finally she accepted it. When she got up there were TWO EGGS. Yeah!!! We have another egg.

  2. john farris

    FYI – On my laptop at home I found out by accident you can take a photo with their cam and save it to your files. If you hold the arrow over the bottom right of the picture it will bring up the sound and the camera icon. It works on my laptop at home but not on my desk top at work. I have no idea why. I took a good photo of the egg and posted it to FB, pretty cool!

    1. Gail Bowler

      Well, I’ll be darned!! I never noticed the cam there!! Thank you!!
      There is not a facebook page for this Osprey cam is there?

      1. Gail Bowler

        John, I played with it a little and I can get it to copy and paste on fb without using files (which I am not as familiar with)
        …..Wish it would paste here!

  3. Sharon

    Thank you! Gail for that explanation. I do recall from last year that sometimes the mom or dad would bring in a whole fish or one half eaten , so now I know what’s going on. And I agree it’s great to have them back!!!

  4. Sharon

    Mom was on the nest by herself, still just one egg. Dad flew in with a fish and gave it to mom awwww…what a loving gesture, then mom takes off with the fish. What’s up with that???

    1. Gail Bowler

      They often take it to a tree or perch to eat it……On the other cams I watch the male usually eats the head elsewhere and then brings the
      rest of the fish to the female….Sometimes she eats it on the nest…other times takes it to a perch or tree….

  5. Mary

    They both have been on nest at times. Mom placing her egg a little more secure. And yes, only saw one
    Maybe more soon. Exciting!!

  6. JANET FUNICELLI

    Well well well maybe that was dad moving nest material lol! mating attempt! Dont know if it was successful.

  7. Sue Diehm

    This pair managed to take care of 4 chicks last year and each successively fledged–amazing! I hope this is the same pair.

  8. Keegan

    Yes it is more than likely the same pair. There are several breeding pairs in the area, and they will usually always return to their previous nest.

  9. Gail Bowler

    Both on the nest at 11:00 am…actually 10:00 am…I just realized that I have been posting eastern time since I am in that time zone at my son’s house. Sorry.

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