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

    Mom & Dad both on nest. Extremely windy moving nest, looked like it, looked as if it was difficult for Dad to stand in one place. Stay safe tonight Osprey family!!!!

  2. Mary Allen-Rippy

    One thing is for certain, we have to be fast to stay up with nest😊And as it has been said “timing is everything”

      1. Gail

        If anyone is interested there is a facebook page for “our” cam….
        I think you have to request to join or maybe be friends with
        someone to suggest you. The administrators keep it a closed
        group because they have had troublemakers join on some other
        sites…It is Stockton Mo. Ospreys….pictures, updates, etc from

  3. Sharon

    I read in the comments about egg #4 showing up. I have been watching Mom carefully for awhile and she was not getting up so that I could see. But finally she just now got up and adjusted the eggs and YES there are definitely 4. Good job Mom!!!

    1. Gail

      Dad keeps flying off with the fish and then returning
      so I assume he is still chasing off the intruder….
      Maybe the hunters have all the O’s stirred up from
      this morning!

  4. Gail

    Mama has been nervously looking about for the time I’ve been
    watching……and on rewind I do not see Daddy on all morning.
    Hope everything is okay and he’s just staying away because
    of a threat or something….

    1. Sharon

      A red pickup truck just drove under the nest. Mom left and the eggs are unattended. Don’t know where the truck went but Mom just came back.

  5. Mary Allen-Rippy

    I thought there might be a 3rd egg when I looked before I sent my last message. But way Mom was standing
    I wasn’t 100% sure. Another great day!!

  6. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Be safe tonight Momma and baby eggs. Really windy on nest. And forecast is concerning.
    Safety to you too Dad.

  7. Mary Allen-Rippy

    I thought they looked like pine needles. I used to have pine trees & used the needles in my gardens instead of mulch. Very soft.

  8. Marlaine R Meeker

    Does anyone know what the reddish brown stuff is near the Mom on the nest? I keep getting buffering and can’t really see. Almost looks like feathers.

    1. Becky

      On the time-lapse at 11:32 on slowest speed, it looks like Dad has brought leaves to the nest. Unfortunately, all his hard work was for naught. The wind quickly blew them away.

  9. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Looked back again. Mom trying to cover white tubes with nest mat’l. Then she settled down on egg again.
    Tubes have been bothering them this season.

  10. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Checked nest just now. One standing up & then flew off, leaving egg open to view. Then 2nd one flew onto nest
    & stood, then other one flew in with some twigs. I believe egg is deformed or has been broken. Hope I’m wrong.

  11. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom on perch, Dad adjusting egg. Only saw one (looked like a copper colored egg). Left the egg exposed for what seemed like a long time exposed to cold. Dad flew up on top of Mom & then flew off. Mom flew back to egg & finally settled again. Hope there is not a problem w/egg.

    1. Gail

      I have been told that they can be off of the egg some….I guess they know
      exactly how long……and see them do that on other Osprey nests, so hopefully
      it’s fine. My mama bluebird does that too…..

  12. Becky

    Looks like tom turkey and hens made another appearance around 8:45 this morning. Love the time lapse…..otherwise would have missed that.

  13. Mike Gordon

    So I added a new feature I think you will all like.

    If you select the Time Lapse Image on the left you can pick the day you want to look at or the long time lapse at the top scrolls through all the time lapses at about 6 pics per day. At the bottom right you can adjust the playback speed, Take a snap Shot, or Download the Time Lapse. You can also drag the time bar to get to the snap shot you want to save. Check it out if you have any issues or problems figuring it all out let me know.


    1. Becky

      Very cool feature! We get to see what goes on up there during the day and night when we can’t always be watching it real time. Poor Momma! Saw the snow coming down over the nest. Hope she can keep things warm enough up there for the egg.

  14. Gail

    Mama was up rearranging a few min ago, but I missed a pic
    of the egg. A very pretty egg, by the way! Now she has been
    back down for a bit and Dad is here hanging out……

  15. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Hope U R correct Gail. I checked nest several times today & Mom was on nest. (at least I think it was Mom)😊

  16. Sharon

    Sometimes watching what goes on in the background is as much fun as watching the Osprey family. Right now there is a tom turkey strutting for 3 hens on the road down below.

    1. Kris

      So that’s what they are! Was trying to figure it out. Also saw what looked to be a fox scampering from one side of the road to another.

  17. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom on nest covering one of the tubes. Dad flew in. Mom left nest. Came back w/nest material. While both were on nest, there was one on utility pole and one flying around.

  18. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom on nest really talking & looking around. Dad flew in and began to watch sky. I didn’t see anything flying

    1. Sharon

      I’m with you, Gail. We could all use a little sunshine. LOL Enough of the gloom, cold and wet. For a little bit anyway.

  19. Michael Gordon

    This coming Fall if we have our big truck in the area I will try to have them remove the tubes. I was sort of hoping the birds could pull them out this year. Maybe they will cover them up but they don’t seem to be doing as much nest building this year.

    1. Marlaine R Meeker

      I have noticed,too they seem to behind nest building compared to other nests I have seen. Those tubes have always bugged me.

  20. Denise Rahjes

    Oh yippee! I just checked the webcam and saw one of the adults!! This is the first I have checked in this year and I am SO happy to see one of our beloved ospreys!! Happy Easter everybody! Can’t wait to watch this nest again this year – it will be my third year now!! Hope this year is as successful as the past two years!!

  21. Marlaine R Meeker

    These two have some catching up to do compared to the amount of sticks the other nests seem to have, but it might just be the angle. Here looking down and the others looking up. I am sure these two know what they are doing.

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