Osprey Recovery Program
Live Osprey Cam
Liberty Utilities and Mid Central Contractors invite you to view our live video stream of nesting osprey at Stockton Lake. The pair typically arrive mid-March to raise their young before returning south for the winter in late August. The live stream can be accessed below.
Information about Osprey
Ospreys are an uncommon migrant to Missouri. They are listed as an endangered species in our neighboring state, Illinois, and are listed as a species of concern in Missouri. Ospreys are up to 24 inches long, with a 5 to 6 foot wingspan. They are midway between eagle and large hawk size. They eat almost exclusively the fish they have caught. Also called “fish hawks” or “fish eagles,” the ospreys 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. Ospreys live about 7-10 years but have been known to live for 25.Osprey 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 other materials. Two to four eggs are produced and hatch in about five weeks. The chicks fledge after about nine weeks and both parents care for the young.
Source: Missouri Department of Conservation
Why did Liberty Utilities build a nesting platform for the Osprey?
Liberty’s decision to build a nesting box for the pair is a result of the pair’s continued efforts to build their nest on transmission towers and Liberty’s desire to help the pair establish a safe nesting alternative. The live video feed is not only for the viewing enjoyment of the community, but also to confirm the bird’s acceptance of their nesting alternative so it can be utilized at other locations in the Liberty system where this is occurring.
Why did crews relocate the nest?
By relocating the nest, Liberty increased the likelihood the pair would adopt the new nesting site. Liberty’s willingness to protect these endangered birds and create a safe nesting location is what conservation is all about.
Nesting platform specifics
The nesting box is a 4-feet by 4-feet platform located approximately 70 feet high at a distance of approximately 100 feet from the transmission lines. The camera(s) utilize solar power and are equipped with infrared technology for night viewing.