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.

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 1,634

  1. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Hi everyone, I had made notes last season of EGGS being laid &I hatching
    Laid = Apr 11, 14, 18, 19. Hatched = May 19, 20, 22, 24.
    I hope these dates were correct.

    1. Gail

      Thanks, Mary….I have the same laying dates…glad for the confirmation.
      I’m not home and can’t remember if I have the hatch dates written
      down or not.

    2. Carol

      I had the 3rd egg laid on 4/16. If it was laid on 4/18 it would have hatched at 34 days and that doesn’t seem possible. I have all the same hatch dates, though.

  2. Gail Bowler

    Mama has been on the nest since I turned it on at about 8:35 or so….
    Seems to be looking around for her mister….

    1. Gail Bowler

      I think they were attached in the nest when they removed it from the
      electric pole and they just left them there so they wouldn’t damage the
      nest trying to get them out.

  3. Gail Bowler

    She was here….on the nest!! I think she was calling,
    but couldn’t get my sound turned up fast enough….
    Sure love seeing her!!

    1. Gail Bowler

      I was trying to reply to Chuck, but it didn’t got there for some reason…
      Thank you for the siting update, Chuck!

    1. Marlaine R Meeker

      So am I and the hummingbirds always show up around the the 19th of April at my house. Thanks again for letting us get a birds eye view.

  4. Greg Swick

    Great to see the Osprey cam up and running again this year! Thank you so much to Empire Electric and Mid Central Contractors from the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society chapter!

  5. Kris

    Just checked back in. Wonderful to see the camera in operation. Thanks to all who made it possible for us to view the ospreys again this year.

  6. Gail Bowler

    There are now two Black Vultures on the nest….
    they have been here for a while and “crowing” some too…..

  7. Sharon Thompson

    Looks like Mr. & Mrs. Osprey are going to have some cleanup and restoration to do on their nest. I can hardly wait to see them.

    1. Gail Bowler

      I really couldn’t tell what that bird was….could only see the back of it in the distance which looked dark
      and once in a while maybe a lighter head……

  8. Mary Allen-Rippy

    I was thinking of our nest & osprey,s. Checked. Happy to see the cam is up. & others getting anxious.

  9. Marlaine R Meeker

    Hooray! Osprey cam is up and ready. Looking forward to another great year. Thanks so much for letting us enjoy these magnificent and very entertaining birds.

  10. Sharon Thompson

    I was wondering about the cam as well. Have been checking on it from time to time. I was just looking at my calendar and I started watching the Osprey in the middle of March last year. I have every date written down…….eggs laid, hatched, wings flapping and “the fledge”. I can hardly wait!!!

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  12. Becky

    Nov 2…back to the lake….saw one osprey and one bald eagle. No osprey activity in cove where we usually see them, but did see one fly across the lake.

  13. Becky

    Oct 8….. back to the lake. Had to chuckle, Sharon. No, we don’t live near the lake. It takes us 1 1/2 hours to get there, but so worth the trip. Went osprey watching again. Saw 5 osprey and one bald eagle. Osprey #1 made 2 dives, no fish. Osprey #2 made 2 dives, 1 fish. Osprey #3 made 1 dive, 1 fish. Osprey #4 made 2 dives, 1 fish. Osprey # 5 made 4 dives, 1 fish. Two osprey were near each other. The other 3 were in different parts of the lake. Guess they are not in a hurry to go south. 🙂

  14. Becky

    October 1….. back to the lake. No activity near camera nest, but did see 3 ospreys out hunting for fish. One dove into the water, but came up with nothing. Wondering how late into the year they will stay. Also saw a bald eagle again today. What a treat to see!

    1. Sharon

      Becky, apparently you live close to Stockton Lake. Lucky you!!! Thank you for keeping the update going on the Ospreys. I really miss those guys.

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