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.

Note to viewer: Images presented on this live stream are the property of the Empire District Electric Company and may be used for educational and non-commercial purposes. Images may not be sold.

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 645

  1. Mike Gordon

    Just a heads up to everyone!

    With all this gloomy weather don’t be surprised if the cameras shut down over the weekend at some point. With Minimal Sunlight comes minimal charging which results in periods of short battery life. There is usually enough sun during the day even with rains to carry it through daytime hours, however I do expect it have some outages over the weekend. Maybe I will be wrong……..but I doubt it.

    Anyway continue to enjoy and if it’s not up when you look at it just check back a little later.

  2. Mike Gordon

    Over 150 Comments and Not one valid Osprey Lover Among them. I hate Web Bots. Hope you all are enjoying. Looks like Mom will likely have to deal with rain and gloomy weather for next 3 days. Hope she gets to dry out soon.

    1. Joe Fuller

      Mike Thanks for all you do. Picture is great and it is always great to see Osprey return every year!! Hopefully they have a safe weekend and survive the weather. Thanks again!!

    1. Denise Rahjes

      I was so worried about the nest going through the storm but it looks like Mom weathered it ok. I wish the nests were not so exposed to the elements but I do understand the reasoning behind it! This is a great osprey pair! I hope the next few days don’t result in terrible storms for this beautiful mom and dad. Keeping my fingers crossed for them.

    1. gail

      I do wish there was a way to make the comment site more secure so we
      could share more openly with each other….
      ……our locations, Osprey/bird interests, etc….

  3. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Thank you Mike for your explanation. My earlier ones had gone thru then suddenly didn’t

    I have egg dates as Apr 11, 14, 18 & 19. ???? Patiently awaiting hatching as we did last year!

  4. Mary Allen-Rippy

    My comments weren’t being posted either. Stated “awaiting moderation”. I didn’t have a clue what
    That meant. I’ll find out if this one goes thru

  5. Mike Gordon

    REMINDER: Incubation Period is about 5-6 Weeks or 35-42 Days Give or Take. I have the first Egg laid this year on April 11th, so we should be going on egg watch around May 16th. At that time I will see about zooming the camera down to the nest to give everyone a better view.

  6. Mike Gordon

    Sorry about the delays in releasing the Blog Comments. If it says “Awaiting Moderation” it mean I haven’t approved the email address that you are sending your comments from on the site. I’ve been tied up on other things for several weeks that there were nearly 2000 posts that you don’t want to see in that only about 15 or 20 maybe were valid local bloggers that care about the Osprey here.

    So in short, I have vetted all the spam and if your still not seeing your comments post, please be patient and I will get to it as soon as I possibly can squeeze it in.

    Thank you in advance for your patience.

  7. Mary Allen-Rippy

    EGGS on Apr 11, 14, 18. Could be night before I guess. Has anyone been keeping track of dates to verify mine?

    1. Denise Rahjes

      I’m so excited there are 3 eggs. They are the best parents and such wonderful providers for their babies!!

  8. Sharon

    7:40 am. Dad just brought Mom breakfast. She got up and there are 3 eggs in the nest. She took the fish and flew off. Dad is sitting on the nest now.

      1. Kris

        Yes, they had four offspring last year. If I remember correctly, there was quite a bit of difference in the ages of the oldest and the youngest so maybe there will be more eggs this year.

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