LIVE Osprey Nest Cam

  WELCOME to Ava and Arthur's LIVE 24/7 Nest Cam! The Osprey nest camera at Pleasant Hill Lake Park is located at the Swim Beach/Marina area in Perrysville, Ohio, and was made possible through a grant from the Firelands Electric People’s Fund in collaboration with the Firelands Electric Cooperative, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, The Greater Mohican Audubon Society and HD on Tap for hosting the video streaming and online support.

  NOTICE:  During high water, the electricity may be off to the camera resulting in no video. We are working on making improvements to the cameras as time and resources permit us too.



Ava and Arthur returned from vacationing in South America on March 20th, 2022. On July 18th, 2020 three (3) osprey fledglings took flight and left the nest. The parents should return sometime in March 2023 to the nesting platform.


We repaired two (2) Osprey platforms (one with the camera) and installed two (2) new additional platforms on February 13, 2023. With assistance from Firelands Electric Cooperative and MWCD staff, the repairs and installations were completed before the return of Osprey. We currently have a total of eight (8) Osprey nesting platforms and three (3) active Bald Eagle nests around the lake area.  Welcome back Ava and Arthur, who returned on Monday, March 20, 2023, again this year. Each nesting pair of Osprey will return to its nesting site at the same time each year. 


NOTICE: This is a wild Osprey nest and anything can happen. While we hope that healthy Osprey chicks will end up fledging from the nest, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disasters can affect the Osprey family and may be difficult to watch. As hard as it may be to see anything happen to our Osprey, we will let nature take its course and will not intervene.

   We use infrared light for nighttime viewing. Infrared is not visible to the Ospreys or to humans, however,

the video camera can capture images.

   The Osprey camera GPS location:  N40.644067  W82.341209

    See something interesting or have questions?

Email us at [email protected] with the date & time and brief comments.

Ospreys nest on many different types of man-made structures including buildings, cellular towers, lights, boats, utility poles, and channel markers. Nests on utility poles can pose a significant risk to adult and juvenile osprey.

Nests on utility structures with energized wires pose risk to osprey from:

  • Fire Hazard- Nest material may ignite from contact with energized wires. Nestling ospreys would be at risk.

  • Electrocution- Osprey can touch parts of the energized structure with their body (wings, feet, bill)  including when they excrete waste.  Juveniles are especially susceptible as they begin to fledge the nest.

Providing alternate nesting platforms like the ones at Pleasant Hill Lake Park by Firelands Electric Cooperative helps minimize electric outages from bird electrocutions. We are working closely with other wildlife organizations on managing bird nests on power poles in and around Pleasant Hill Lake Park.

THANK YOU to our Park Partners.




The Pleasant Hill Lake Osprey Nesting Platform Project ( PHLONPP) was developed to increase the populations of Ospreys and Bald Eagles around the lake area. We currently have a total of eight (8) Osprey nesting platforms and three (3) active Bald Eagle nests around the lake area. The map below shows nesting sites and platforms near and around the lake area. Nesting sites are monitored, and data is collected and entered into Cornell University's Bird Inventory called NestWatch. (updated 13 MAR 2023)

 Click the link for an interactive GIS Map
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We issue alerts regarding imminent threats to health and safety, and updates that affect activities or property in and around the lake.