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.

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 1,941

  1. Gail Bowler

    Thank you, Mary, for noting the 8:30 p.m. feeding….went back to find it….
    ….the last feeding I saw earlier this evening the poor little
    guy was being trampled by the big guys….I’m so relieved and glad that he got another
    feeding tonight…. <3

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      One at edge of nest. Dad feeding it earlier. Mom has other two with her.
      Hopefully little one is getting stronger.

      1. Mary Allen-Rippy

        Mom letting chicks explore on their own. Maybe they will have a few good weather days.
        I know littlest one is eating but still seems very small.

  2. Gail Bowler

    I am very sad to see so much fighting going on between the big chicks…
    I have never seen that before at this nest….There is always plenty of food
    and no reason for it…. Even when there were four chicks there was no fighting….

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      I have seen the two larger ones fighting. I first noted on my 25th comment. I didn’t remember seeing this
      In previous yrs.

    2. Mary Allen-Rippy

      I have just been watching Mom feeding. The little one was sitting in front and two bigger ones side by side
      Behind it. So mom was feeding it. You GO little one. Lol

    3. Mary Allen-Rippy

      8:30 pm. Feeding time again & the little one sitting right there being fed. Hurrah! Dad has been doing a great job bringing fish & building up the nest.

  3. Gail Bowler

    We lost one baby today…..just heartbreaking 🙁 ……
    Another one is very small compared to the others and
    doesn’t seem to be getting fed very often ….not getting
    up there for feeding like the big ones…. 🙁

    1. Carol C

      Oh no! Sorry to hear about the chick not making it. I hope the other can survive. I guess it was #4 that died? So sad, but better to lose one early than to see it suffer for a longer time, I guess.

    2. Mary Allen-Rippy

      This am, I finally saw babies. The two larger ones seemed ok. I think they were hiding the little one.
      Mom or dad moved them & then I could see the little one. Maybe it will come thru the strongest

  4. Carol C

    I saw 3 getting fed and half an egg shell. I guess the 4th hatched? I didn’t see it, but it’s hard to see at certain times of the day and I’m hoping it was hidden by the other 3.

    1. Mary Allen-Rippy

      I just checked in on nest. Dad stayed on nest for awhile. Mom feeding, but she stayed between babies and camera. Dad flew away. Mom moved around a while. I could count three for sure & I think there was a 4th.
      But they became a little bundle & then they were under mom.

    2. Mary Allen-Rippy

      I have been checking nest a lot today. Dad has been bringing in more twigs & working on nest.
      Guess getting ready for more movement of babies. Mom left nest but dad came in immediately with
      A good size fish. The two bigger babies have tested their strength against each other a few times. Lol
      The third baby is still very small but mom feeding. This morning I thought I saw a 4th but now she was only feeding 3. They have been out in open a lot but Mom certainly covers them during rains.

  5. Marlaine Meeker

    Happy to see everyone appears to have weathered the storms. The worst was just south of the nest. After last year the weather sure can make you anxious for our Ospreys.

  6. Gail Bowler

    Yes, Becky!! I see four!! At 7:26 and 8:20…quick views….
    Becky, are you on facebook? We post a lot of pictures there
    on our Stockton site….

    1. Gail Bowler

      Me neither!! I guess when a woman’s got to go she’s got to go….she wasn’t gone long enough to do much of anything else!! haha

  7. Carol C

    4/12/20….. I see we have another egg this morning. I looked at the time lapse and saw it at 7am. It could have been laid sooner, but it wasn’t visible to me until 7. ….2 eggs now!

    1. Carol C

      I just saw your post Becky. Thanks for the time. I posted that I didn’t see it til 7. You have better eyes than me. Lol!

    1. Becky

      It is nice to see it out of view, but I think it is still there. I watched the time-lapse from the last two days and it looks like it has been covered by a dollop of grass and a little greenery. Nest is shaping up nicely. Yay!

  8. Gail Bowler

    I will say this here and on facebook……I so appreciate all of the people in charge of this site.
    Under normal circumstances it is a great thing, but now it is nice to have something pleasant to take our
    focus off of what is going on all around us for a bits of time……… Thank You!!!

    1. Marlaine Meeker

      Yay! I was getting a little worried. Let the fun begin. Sorry vultures,crows. and and egret your squatting days are over for now.

  9. Gail Bowler

    I am still just seeing one Osprey at a time on the nest so I
    assume it’s still just mom waiting for dad’s arrival…..

  10. Gail Bowler

    Mom watching the sky a lot today…..
    5:08 Dad?? Looks darker with a whiter chest…just the lighting or dad??
    I guess time will tell!

  11. Becky

    Check out the time lapse of 3-10-20 at 1820. Osprey on the nest. Yay!! I am amazed every year that at least one of them returns on March 10 or 11. How do they migrate so far and yet return to the exact same place exactly one year later? Absolutely amazing birds.

  12. Becky

    I know this is still early, but was just checking in to see the condition of the nest and platform. Black vultures, turkey vultures and a small owl have all been frequent visitors to the nest lately. They will have to move on. 🙂 I hope the ospreys have a safe return and a much better season than last year’s sad outcome.

    1. Becky

      Thanks, Mike, for keeping this camera up and running. I hadn’t checked it in a long time due to the chicks not making it, but here it is 8 weeks later and the mom and dad are still hanging out on the nest. It was wonderful to see them again. I will be checking it more often now as fall approaches to see when they migrate. Kudos to all involved to make this happen!

  13. Mike Gordon

    Just wanted to give everyone another update. We now have the problem resolved regarding our ISP Provider and getting the new router setup. That’s the Good News. Now for the Bad News, After fixing it on one end we found the other end (NEST) stopped talking so that means another part and another trip. Sorry for the delay but we are trying. Further updates as soon as I have anything to report.

  14. Mike Gordon

    Hey everyone! We spent the last two days fighting ticks and chiggers, and so on at the nesting site. Not to mention the rock crawling. So here is where we stand. Everything is now working at the nesting site. Hopefully it will stay that way. We have a problem in Greenfield that we attempted to correct but have been fighting our ISP provider as they were having issues with the storm yesterday. We ordered a new part and I expect to see it by early next week. If we get it and can get some cooperation from our ISP we should have Osprey Cam back up. Also, FYI while I was reviewing the video feeds yesterday we still have mom hanging around at least I think it was mom. Anyway……give me a few more days should have it resolved.

  15. Becky

    Just a quick note. We went to Stockton Lake yesterday with boat and binoculars. The female osprey was sitting on the perch by the nest. Right across the cove there was an osprey nest with a mom, dad and at least 3 chicks that were peering out. It was nice to see a successful nest after the heartbreak of the camera nest.

  16. Denise Rahjes

    This nest has always been so successful in the past years but this year was certainly a struggle for this O family with all of the bad weather we have had. Can’t help but be angry at times with mother nature when it affects our lovely Osprey family here in Missouri. At least Mom and Dad seem to have weathered the storms thus far.

  17. Marlaine Meeker

    Is there any chance since it’s still early that they could have a a second mating and incubation? So sad to see the empty nest.

  18. gail

    The baby is gone….mom was looking at it laying weak or lifeless and then continued to incubate for a while….
    …at 7:48 or 49 I saw mom fly off and dad pick up the baby and fly off with it….. One of the saddest things I’ve
    ever seen in Osprey watching. 🙁 I cannot get the time lapse to show it because of the two minute intervals……..

    1. Mary Allen-rippy

      Mom or Dad standing on nest. Will they or can they try again. Haven’t read regarding a second batch.

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