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 1,840

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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