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. Steve

    #3 just flew off the nest, leaving mom on it. #3 went out and circled the power poll, then came back. Wooo-Hooo!!

  2. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom & 3 kiddos side by side on edge of nest. Must have terrific balance to keep from taking a tumble.

  3. Sharon

    Poor Mom. All the chicks are in the nest right now trying to get under her wings for shade. They are just too big to all fit.

  4. Sharon

    #3 still has not taken the plunge. Mom is there right now feeding it breakfast. Maybe today will be the day. We will wait and see. Hope everyone has a great day!!!

  5. Gail

    Awwww…..only one baby on the nest tonight….he looks so lonely ….
    I think mom might be on the perch, but can’t tell for sure because of
    our cam decor……

  6. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom on perch. Poor little one on nest. Looked as if it was hanging its head.
    Whatever is flying on camera is there.

  7. Sharon

    #3 is in the nest all alone. Even Mom left. Lonely little thing is flapping up a storm and not getting anywhere. It looks like the other 2 siblings are sitting on the electric poles to the right. Whatever was stuck to the camera and flapping in the wind seems to be gone.

  8. Mary Allen-Rippy

    One on perch. Mom on nest really talking up a storm. Other two came close to Mom. I couldn’t see anything
    Flying around

  9. Gail

    Lots of wing flapping and flying from on side of the nest to the other. One going back and forth to
    perch and now took off>>>>>>

  10. Sharon

    My daughter just told me that about 5:30 pm yesterday she saw one fly off. Then when I tuned in this morning a little before 6:00 am I saw one fly off and then come back. Our babies are all grown up. We are such proud bird parents!! LOL

  11. Kris

    Lots of wing flapping this morning. Dad flew in with a fish about 7:10. No takers. They must have eaten earlier. Dad flew off with the fish and the wing flapping continued.

  12. Becky

    One chick on the perch now. The time lapse shows several landings on the perch today. Don’t know if it is the same one or if they are taking turns getting brave.

  13. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom not on nest. One chick on perch. One chick testing wings & got high enough to land on perch If
    There was more space. 3rd chick, smallest, was watching closely. Should happen soon I think.☺️

  14. Denise Rahjes

    The whole family is still on the nest this beautiful Monday morning at Stockton Lake! Mom just finished swallowing the tail of a fish and so far all looks peaceful in the area except for a few alarm/alert calls from Mom and Dad. Have a great day everybody and to our Osprey family as well!

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      Mom & chicks on nest. Mom & biggest chick on alert & doing a lot of talking. Other two hunkered down,
      But were alert. I didn’t see anything in air or around nest.

  15. Sharon

    Mom and Dad are both in the nest yelling at something. I could not see any shadows or birds, but they were definitely alarmed about something. The chicks all huddled down in the center of the nest. Something has been bugging them lately, don’t know what, though.

  16. Sharon

    I keep thinking that any minute now one of the babies is going to take flight. There is one that has been flapping it’s wings so hard and lifting a couple of inches off the nest and going from one side to the other. Just now it was standing on the very edge and flapping so hard, I thought…………..”This is it!!” But it did not go through with it. I guess they are just not quite sure enough yet.

  17. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Both mom & dad on nest with 3 young’uns. Mom &a dad both were talking up a storm. Young’uns
    Crouched down low. I could not see anything flying around.

  18. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Chicks on edge of nest lined up side by side. Mom further on edge facing them. I do not know how she can balance.

  19. Denise Rahjes

    Mom is in alert mode as a shadow of a large bird is seen flying over the nest! It is easy to see that she is making her alert calls. All babies close to mom in a row! Have a safe day osprey family!

  20. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom & 3 chicks on nest. Each chick had a fish. Dad was not there. So guess Dad has been busy unless
    Chicks are flying. Or maybe Mom helped.

  21. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Hope everyone had a good 4th. Watching nest just now. Mom & chicks on nest. I think biggest one
    Is ready to fly. Kept testing wings & trying to run with no space & really working those wings.

  22. Denise Rahjes

    Happy 4th of July to all you! Mom is on the nest now feeding all three of her babies! It looks like a beautiful day at Stockton Lake! Hoping our osprey family has a great day! Soon the babies will be fledging – where did the time go? Too fast, as usual! Let us appreciate that so far things have gone well this season for this osprey family here in Missouri!

    1. Gail

      Ditto, Denise…and Sharon from yesterday. We have such a great family here. I can’t believe how fast the kids have grown!
      Have a great 4th everyone……

  23. Sharon

    It will not be long now until the babies are all grown up. The first one fledged last year on July 13th. I have been watching as they stand and flap their wings so hard (and beat their sibling with those wings). I have to chuckle. This has been my second year of watching and it seems to have gone so quickly. It also seems that not as many people have participated in the comments as last year. Well, I for one will be here again next year. This is just way to interesting to miss. I also enjoy sharing these times with all of you.

  24. Kris

    One chick arranging greenery, another doing calisthenics, while the third pecks at a bit of left over fish. Mom on perch.

  25. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Chicks on nest by themselves. Up & looking around. Them Mom landed on nest. Then Dad came in with Fish.
    Mom took fish, chicks begins gathering close to mom, Dad flies off. Probably need another fish. 😊

  26. Becky

    Still checking in every day. I was watching the time lapse and realized the babies sure are wiggle-worms at night….just like toddlers in a bed. It’s a wonder any of them get sleep. 🙂

  27. Sharon

    I am really amazed at how fast the time has gone this year. The babies should start to fledge in about 2-2 1/2 weeks according to last year’s family. It is always an interesting ride that we take watching the family start and grow. There seemed to be a lot less stress this year.

    1. Denise Rahjes

      Yes, the time has flown by already this season and soon the babies will be fledging! I cannot believe it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all 3 will successfully fledge this year!

  28. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom on nest with young’uns. She wasn’t covering them. Lots of lightening & rain had begun.
    Stay safe Osprey family.

  29. Mary Allen-Rippy

    Mom on perch. Two young’uns trying to sleep. One up walking around then flapping wings,
    Maybe the oldest one. Large wing span. Ready to escape nest part time maybe.

  30. Kris

    Supper time! Babies lined up being fed once again. Dad is a great provider. No wonder the chicks are getting so big.

  31. Kris

    No parent on the nest when I checked in this morning at 8:23. Oldest chick testing its wings; topples over. I do so worry about them falling out of the nest.

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