Osprey Live Stream, Stockton, Missouri

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Liberty Utilities Co. 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, Liberty Utilities Co. moved the osprey nest from one of our transmission towers to this newly built nesting box. The pair had a nest burn in the previous 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 Liberty Utilities 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 Liberty Utilities Co. 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 1,756

  1. Michael Gordon

    Tragic News it appears when the storm came through mom was blown of the nest and two of the eggs were displaced, quite oddly. You can see them at the corners of the nesting box. So only two viable eggs remain.

    1. Kris

      What devastating news. I hadn’t checked in for a couple of days because everything was going well, as it always seemed to go well for these two. I hope that the two remaining eggs are viable, that they hatch and fledge. The tenacity of wildlife to perpetuate and nurture, even in the most adverse conditions, astonishes me.

  2. gail

    Definitely just 2 eggs left in the nest cup on the time lapse at 1:08 am and one in each of the far corners, I think….Heartbreaking!!!

  3. john farris

    It looks like that storm last night did a lot of damage to the nest. Papa is bring in some big sticks to rebuild. Is she still on 4? There’s a couple of round things in the corners that look a little like eggs?

    1. Sharon

      This morning sometime between 7 and 8 am I took a quick peek and when Mom stood up I thought that I only saw 2 eggs. But then I got busy and could not watch any more. I thought that maybe I had just missed something.

  4. Carol C

    I definitely saw 4 eggs at 4pm on the time lapse! I thought I saw 4 at 11:34, but couldn’t be sure. Let me know what you all think.

    1. gail

      You are right, Carol! I thought I had checked the whole day, but must have missed
      a section. I’ve also learned that if I refresh rewind will catch up to within several
      Sure wish we had a quick flip-back on our cam…..

  5. gail

    We have Four!!
    First good view at 2:54 pm… full view at 4:02 pm.
    I could not catch her off of them long enough on rewind
    to have any idea what time she laid it.

    1. Carol C

      I just saw your comment after I posted mine, Gail. 4 eggs again! Did you see 4 at 11:34? I took a screen grab but can’t post it here.

    1. gail

      Thanks, Carol…..I do not have buffering, but Mom will Not get up!
      Maybe because of the cooler weather? I keep checking the cam
      and the rewind, but no luck so far in seeing eggs…..

  6. gail

    As of 9:14p.m. still three eggs….It will be interesting to see if she has a fourth egg and if so, she lays it
    in the same time range as the others…..They were all laid between 9 and 10:30 a.m…..

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      Mom & Dad traded places on nest. I could only see three eggs. They both rearranged a few twigs. Maybe getting ready for 4th egg.

    1. gail

      I thought I saw that too, Carol…right after I posted my last comment!! LOL
      I see them now pretty well at 11:36 ish….. Have been trying to get a look
      for two hours….every time mom would get up dad would stand in front of her!

      1. Carol C

        I did notice Dad being a camera hog. LOL! If I hadn’t been watching in real time, I probably wouldn’t have seen the egg right away. I could tell by the way Mom was acting that she was in the process of egg laying, so I just kept watching. I did grab a screen shot of the 3rd egg barely visible, too. Glad you finally got a good look, Gail. Well, now we wait and see if there will be a 4th egg this year.

          1. Carol C

            Yes, I am on Facebook. I follow a lot of nests that way, but didn’t know there was a page for this nest. I’ll see if I can find it. Thanks, Gail.

          2. gail

            Carol, it is Stockton Mo. Ospreys…..it is a closed group, so be sure to answer
            the questions in the queue…..

  7. gail

    Mama is kind of liking that tube in her nest….it is in just the right spot to
    scratch her chin and cheek on while she’s incubating…..
    Watching for egg three today…..

  8. gail

    I was away from the cam for a little bit…..and now I think I see two!!
    If so, it would have to have been laid between 8:45 and 9:15, I think…..
    Waiting for the time lapse to catch up to those times….

  9. gail

    Mom is doing a lot of late night standing….I wonder if she is laboring with egg #2……
    Bright lights crossing in the distance…..night fishermen enjoying the nice evening, I guess…..

  10. john farris

    Did anyone see the wild turkey gobbler strutting yesterday? There were also 3 deer that came out just before dark.

    1. Kris

      Missed that, darn! Did see some last year – turkey, deer, and a fox — and even some hunters walking along the road next to the tree line.

  11. Sharon

    Getting a good look at the egg. Mom just got up and took a short flight to stretch her wings and Dad is just standing there staring at the egg. LOL It is like he is thinking……….”Where did that come from?”

      1. Mike Gordon


        The Tubes are short pieces of PVC that were initially installed on the Power structures to deter the Osprey from building their nests there……well the joke was on the utility. It might have been a deterrent to other birds but the Osprey thought they were great for anchoring the nest in place. So when they moved the nest for this project they just cut them off underneath the nest and picked the whole thing up as one unit. The nest is more fragile then it looks especially when it’s built on an open structure. In the box it’s much better. However the PVC was not real obvious during the initial move but over the years it’s become more prominent. We will attempt to remove them, if during the OFF SEASON we can get a 90ft Truck to the location. Thus far scheduling, site conditions, and other factors have not worked out. Plus we are not even sure these pieces will come out without disrupting the nest. We cannot and do not want to disturb the Osprey during incubation or while there are chicks on the nest. So we are most likely going to need to live with them another year.

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