THE BALD EAGLE

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

According to the Southern Ontario Bald Eagle Monitoring Project, the population of these birds in the Great Lakes area prior to the arrival of European settlers, could have been as high as one nest per mile along the lake Erie shoreline in some areas.

Majestic Bald Eagle in an evergreen tree

Due to loss of nesting and hunting habitat because of the clearing of land for farming and direct human predation, the numbers declined dramatically in the early 1900's.

Protective legislation was introduced in 1890 and the Bald Eagle Act in 1940 and these helped to set the stage for a recovery in their population.

The use of the pesticide DDT and pollution by PCB's in the mid-20th century almost led to the extinction of these beautiful birds, and in 1980 there were almost no chicks surviving in the three remaining active nests along the Lake Erie shore in Southern Ontario.

Since then, thanks to protection and active conservation, the populations have started to increase, and more and more young Eaglets are surviving to continue to spread and successfully breed.

Bald Eagle's Nest with eaglets in the nest

The Bald Eagle was declared a Provincially Endangered Species in Ontario in 1973, and still is.

In August 2016, I was privileged to see a pair of Bald Eagles gliding overhead while I was sitting in a parking lot in North London, Ontario.

American Eagle building a large nest in a tree

They were unmistakable as they flew gracefully overhead, with their dark body and white plumage on their heads and tails.

I believe there is a breeding pair in the Fanshawe Park area of London, which have been sighted at the Sunningdale Golf Course, and along the banks of the River Thames. I suspect that this was the pair that I spotted.

A pair has also been seen at the Greenway Pollution Plant , London, just click for more information and pictures.

In the photo above you can see one of the parent birds returning to the nest with a meal for her young eaglets.

The nests, called "Aeries" are often large, averaging 1.5 to 2 meters across.

The adult pair build a nest and over the following years, they add to it, making it bigger and bigger each season.

Usually, a pair begins the job of preparing the nest up to three months before the female starts to lay her eggs.

Bald Eagle in flight soaring against a blue sky background

In some northern areas of Canada, they have been observed repairing and enlarging their nests at the end of the breeding season, ready for their return in the Spring when the nest may require minor repairs.

Aeries are often built at the top of the tallest trees, which gives the birds the best view of the surrounding area.

Often the parents build their nests close to water, as they catch fish for themselves and their young.

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Bald Eagle Spotted Flying down the Weir in Port Colborne 
Yesterday morning at 10:00 am I was walking my dogs down by Derek's Point in Port Colborne. As we walked alongside the weir, enjoying the very loud …

Mississauga Ontario  
My husband and I walking round Lisgar Brook Meadow, when we spotted a Bald Eagle fly over the pond and land on a tree at Lisgar Woods. I was …

Bald Eagles in Mississauga 
I was driving home on the 407 approaching Brittania Road, when I noticed two large birds that appeared to be Bald Eagles in an old dead tree at …

Rouge Hill Eagle 
I was on GO train from Toronto to Oshawa on April 26th at about 4pm when I saw what at first I thought was a Turkey Vulture as per normal as my …

More Bald Eagle sightings 
Here are some recent reports from our readers of Bald Eagle sightings across Ontario Fred from Kingston reported ... my wife and I recently took the …

Eagles - Balds and possible Goldens sighted 
We have recently had several readers report sightings of Bald Eagles and possibly Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagle is seldom sighted in Southern …

Chatham Ontario Spotting 
The other day I was sitting in my car and looked up. We have a lot of Turkey Vultures in the area so I thought nothing of the big bird in …

Bald Eagles in Southern Ontario 
In May Rob Lawrence from Ridgeway, Ontario wrote to say ... March 2016 my wife, granddaughter & myself were driving by Ridgemount quarries, Fort Erie, …

Lots more Ontario Bald Eagles 
Randy Keating from Oil Springs reported ... This morning we woke to TWO beautiful majestic Bald Eagles in our pasture. At first we notice just one, and …

Bald Eagle Port Dover Ontario 
I encountered this magnificent creature while he was feasting on some road-kill. He flew off when I drove past. I went a quarter mile down the …

Bald Eagles throughout Southern Ontario 
We have received an amazing number of Bald Eagle sightings recently - here are the latest! Jon from Caledonia recently spotted Eagles near Middleport, …

November 3rd 2015 - Bald Eagle sighting 
I was sitting on my porch with the neighbor and he saw the majestic Eagle fly to the top of the huge white pine tree here in Grimsby, Ontario, near the …

Bald Eagle in Oakville 
Driving east on Dundas Street at 3:15 pm on Thursday, Oct 1st 2015 I saw a large bird out my left window as I crossed the bridge over Lyons Valley Park …

Bald Eagles at Butler Lake in Northern Ontario 
My family has been here since the sixties and today I've witnessed one of the two bird's my cousin said were here for the past two years. To his account, …

Eagle sighting Lakeshore, Ontario 
I was driving home from work and had an Eagle fly in front of my car and perch on a tree across the road. I managed to snap some photos and a video …

Bald Eagle Sightings 
Four of our readers wrote to tell us about their Bald Eagle sighting in the past week. Tracey from Norland, Ontario, reported ..... While sitting at …

Bald Eagles in the area 
Donna from Grimsby, Ontario, wrote to say ..... On January 19, 2015 - 8:45 am, I was on the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) crossing the Henley Bridge in St. …

Bald Eagle Sighting 
WOW!!! I just saw a Bald Eagle in the West end of Brantford, Ontario. I live right across from the Grand River and was actually watching a cardinal …

Conestogo Bald Eagle 
I must cross the Grand River every day at least 6 times to or from home in Conestogo and often enjoy spying ducks, herons and other wildlife enjoying the …

September Eagles 
Don Langford from Kerwood, Ontario, wrote to tell us about his Bald Eagle sighting ..... On Thanksgiving Sunday I was combining soybeans on a neighbour's …

Muskoka River sighting 
I studied birds of prey in my lone year at Sir Sanford Flemimg College. I learned how to to decipher through elimination. Two weeks ago I paddled …

Golden Eagle? 
There are about six that fly and soar around the area. I'm not sure if they are Golden Eagles or not. They are all Brown with some white splashes …

Beautiful Bald Eagle 
Sitting in my back yard enjoying my morning coffee while listening to music, I hear and see a lot of black birds, big and small, I am looking around trying …

Bald Eagle Sighting in Princeton 
I saw this Bald Eagle at the side of County Road no. 2, just west of Princeton, Ontario, on Saturday March 22, 2014. The bird was banded and had "tethers" …

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Two sightings near the Grand River 
We have lived in this area for a long time and I had never seen a Bald Eagle in the wild before. A few weeks back we were driving from Waterloo, Ontario, …

Bald Eagles near London and Dorchester 
Brian Davies wrote to tell us about the Bald Eagles on Scotland Road ..... February 18 , 2014 at 11:38 am, out across from the dump I was looking for the …

Bald Eagles around Ontario 
Michelle from Milton, Ontario, wrote to us in February and said ..... Today I saw a Bald Eagle flying overhead in Milton. I had to look again to make sure …

We are surrounded 
I live just outside of West Lorne heading towards Rodney Ontario. This week alone I have seen an adult Bald Eagle three times. The first time was …

Single bald eagle in Tweed Ontario 
I was driving home at 9:30 am on February 4 2014, when I spotted a huge Bald Eagle in the tree along side highway 37. I stopped to watch for a while …

Bald Eagles in Niagara-on-the-Lake 
We were driving down the Niagara Parkway when I spotted two Bald Eagles resting in a tree along the river. I pulled the car over and managed to get …

Bald Eagles on the St Clair River 
Nice to see the comeback of The Bald Eagle right here in my own neighbourhood in Corunna, Ontario. Most mornings you can watch them feeding right in …

Bald Eagle Sighting in Milton Ontario 
Spotted this single Bald Eagle in a tree at the corner of Britannia Road and First Line, Milton, Ontario on January 10th, 2014 at 9:00 am. This …

Kingston Raptor 
I'm not sure of the ID of this one ... north of Kingston, Ontario. There were two. Any thoughts? The shot is from quite a distance. It was …

Bald Eagle near Exeter 
December 11 2013 at 09:30. I was driving up Airport Line close to Dashwood Road near Exeter, Ontario. I saw a huge dark brown bird with a white …

Bald Eagle on the Grand River in Fergus 
December 15, 2013. I was photographing geese sleeping on the river ice today, when they suddenly started honking in alarm. I looked up and a magnificent …

Bald Eagles around Ontario 
Mike McKee of Mississauga recently wrote to tell us about his Eagle sighting on Lake Cecebe, outside Burks Falls, he said ..... I was working outside at …

Wasaga Beach Eagles 
I live on Bower's Beach, west of Wasaga Beach. Just 20 minutes ago (11:00 am November 2, 2013) I saw what looked like a huge nest at the top of a tall …

More Bald Eagles In Brantford 
These are a few shots that I managed to get of the breeding pair on the Grand River in Brantford. I also noticed that they are becoming more …

Birthday Bald Eagle 
I was driving down Wonderland Road in London, Ontario on September 5th, 2013. I had just visited my sons Jacob and Ty at Woodland Cemetery. Both my …

Eagle Place, Brantford 
My son Gregory lives in Brantford, Ontario. On May 6 2013 I was talking to him on the phone and he told me of seeing a Bald Eagle on the Grand River. …

Ontario Bald Eagle Sightings  
Alex from Brantford said ... Since the beginning of last year I have seen four Eagles in Brant county. The first was early February of last year in Osweken, …

Returning Bald Eagles 
Jacquie Thomson from Whitby, Ontario, wrote to report ..... My family and I were driving home on February 17th 2015 along highway 401 going west. We had …

Bald Eagle spotted in Iron Bridge Not rated yet
I was passing through Iron Bridge, Ontario, and spotted two beautiful Bald Eagles. I got a couple of pictures of one, but the other one took off before …

Bald Eagle while golfing Not rated yet
Golfing at Kettle Creek golf course in Port Stanley on the 8th hole at a small pond in front of the green. A Bald Eagle swooped down into the shallow …

More Ontario Bald Eagles Not rated yet
Fred wrote to tell us ... I did not think Bald Eagles were in Ontario, much less Collingwood, but that is what it looked like. April 28 my wife made me …

Bald Eagle sightings Not rated yet
Craig from Milton, Ontario, wrote ... I was traveling on the 407 just south of Britannia Road. I'm thinking in the same location as an earlier post. …

Two Eagles in one tree Not rated yet
After leaving our cabin in Wilno, Ontario, along highway 60 heading east just before Eaganville, my wife and I spotted not one, but two Eagles in one tree. …

Smileybastard Not rated yet
I saw a mature Bald Eagle and I believe an immature Bald Eagle about 3 km South East of Southampton, Ontario, where Bruce Rd. 3 crosses the Saugeen. …

Ontario Bald Eagle Sightings Not rated yet
One of our readers from Aldershot sent us this picture of a Bald Eagle perched on top of tree. Hubert and Janet wrote to say ...after leaving our cabin …

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Pair of Bald Eagles Not rated yet
I have noticed a pair of Bald Eagles in the west area on the east side of the 407 just south of Britannia Rd., in Mississauga for about a month. …

Bird of Prey for sure Not rated yet
This is a bird of prey for sure ... the proof is in its claws. I was in my backyard last evening (Monday, August 14, 2017) and heard these repeated …

The Eagles of Fall 2016 Not rated yet
Ray Leonard said ... We were golfing at the Summit golf club at Yonge St and Stouffville Rd north of Toronto and saw a Bald Eagle soaring overhead …

Sturgeon Point Bald Eagle Sighting Not rated yet
We have many Osprey in the area, so when anyone has mentioned seeing an Eagle, it has been dismissed as being confused with one of the local …

Many Bald Eagles sighted Not rated yet
One of our readers wrote to say ... I was driving with my Dad going southbound on White Oak Road, close to/toward Manning Drive. We both saw …

Bald Eagles fishing the open water created by Ferry crossing at Glenora Not rated yet
My wife and I recently took the Glenora ferry to Prince Edward county. We observed four individual Bald Eagles flying over and hunting the …

Soaring overhead in January Not rated yet
I live southwest of Peterborough Ontario out in the country. Today as I was outside in minus 11 degree weather checking the bird feeder, I looked …

Bald Eagle (Immature) Not rated yet
Bald Eagle (Immature) Brantford, Ontario Gilkison Street (West Brant Area) December 2nd 2016 Spotted this magnificent immature Bald Eagle …

Bald Eagles at Midhurst, Ontario Not rated yet
Aside from out west, I have NEVER seen a Bald Eagle locally and have lived all my like within either Barrie or Collingwood area. Midhurst is a village …

Bald Eagle  Not rated yet
Late last winter I was lucky to have a visitor in front of my house. I live in Vankleek Hill and it was the first time I saw one here. …

Bald Eagle diving for fish 30' from me Not rated yet
August 2016 - Lake Simcoe - Ontario - Tim reported ... I saw and experienced the most amazing animal interaction first hand on Lake Simcoe this …

St Thomas Bald Eagles Not rated yet
The other day, my fiancee and I were driving along county road 52. Ron McNeil Line, just north of St Thomas, when we observed activity at the Bald Eagles's …

Golden Eagles at mouth of canal in Niagara Not rated yet
We have seen two massive brown birds recently by Joan's Beach in St. Catharines. They have silvery, white designs on underside of wings. We …

Bald Eagles on the water Not rated yet
Here are some recent Bald Eagle sightings from our readers. Scott Schlegel wrote to tell us ..... This past Labour day Monday, my family and I were …

Bald Eagles in the area Not rated yet
November 14, 2015. Karen Robinson spotted a pair of Balds, just north of Thorndale ..... Driving up a side-road to Cherry Grove, and a pair of Bald Eagles …

Sunday morning surprise... Not rated yet
My wife and I spent the middle two weeks of August 2015 vacationing at her family's cottage on Buckhorn Lake in the Kawarthas with our son and his fiance …

Bald Eagle sightings Not rated yet
My hubby and I were kayaking Orr Lake near Elmvale, Ontario, and saw one in a tree by the lake. There was another that flew off but could …

Bald Eagle nest London, Ontario Not rated yet
While kayaking on the Thames River here in London, Ontario, and to the west, we have spotted a large Bald Eagle nest and it must be 6 to 8 feet in diameter. …

Bald Eagles around the province Not rated yet
Alex from Brantford wrote to say ..... Over the past two years I have had four sightings. The first was in Ohsweken on the Six Nations reserve last February. …

Bald Eagle sighting, Bruce Peninsula  Not rated yet
On Saturday April 4 2015 we took a walk after supper at 6:30 pm on Golden Pond Drive South Bruce peninsula. We are located on Gould Lake on a small …

Eagles in North Perth County Not rated yet
Over the past month I have seen 4 individual eagles in North Perth County on the outskirts of Listowel, Ontario. Two of these are mated, and one …

More Bald Eagles in Southern Ontario  Not rated yet
Bonnie from South Windsor wrote to say ..... I was sitting in my car at the intersection of Dougall Avenue and Cabana in South Windsor this afternoon. …

Bald Eagles in Southern Ontario  Not rated yet
In the past few weeks we have received many reports of Bald Eagles from our readers in Southern Ontario. Here are some of them ..... Mike from Barrie, …

Bald Eagles in Southern Ontario Not rated yet
Chris G from Newmarket recently wrote to say ..... While driving down Mount Albert Road in January, 2014, we saw a Bald Eagle sitting in a farmer's field …

Eagles in Brant County Not rated yet
Yesterday, June 21st, 2014, my family and I were driving down to Simcoe (Norfolk County) when we saw a large bird fly over our car. We were exiting …

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Bald Eagle sighting on Highway 403 just east of Brantford Not rated yet
Over the Victoria Day long weekend (Saturday May 17th, 2014 - approx. 9:20 am), my family was traveling West bound along Hwy. 403, approx. 10 km East of …

Bald Eagle Sightings Not rated yet
"T", a reader from Owen Sound, Ontario, wrote to tell us ..... I saw a Bald Eagle last week in Allenford, (near Sauble Beach) flying over the river. I …

Bald Eagle in Blenheim Ontario Not rated yet
While sitting in our office on 2 Hyland Drive in Blenheim, Ontario, on March 25th 2014, a Bald Eagle was noticed flying from one hydro pole to another …

Bald Eagle in Parry Sound. Not rated yet
While driving February 23rd, 2014 in Parry Sound in the downtown area, I saw one fly overhead. Two days later (February 25th) I saw another one (possibly …

Windsor Ontario Bald Eagle  Not rated yet
We walk our dog in west Windsor, Broadway Park, and when you are walking along the river from there, a Bald Eagle is usually flying around that area, or …

Bald Eagle in Farm Field Not rated yet
My wife and I were returning to Cambridge, Ontario, from Paris at approximately 12:15 pm on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, travelling north out of Paris on highway …

Bald Eagles Not rated yet
Sunday January 12/2014... about 11:30 am on Highway 407 going over Sixteen Mile Creek in Oakville, Ontario, a large Bald Eagle flew down in front of our …

Bald Eagle sightings from Brighton to Goderich Not rated yet
Scott wrote to tell us about his Bald Eagle sighting on January 8 2014 .....Today I was working on a house, I looked out south window and saw the unmistakable …

Bald Eagles across Southern Ontario Not rated yet
Brad from Georgetown wrote to say ..... On my way to school today on Winston Churchill in front of Maple Lodge Farms, I was lucky to see a Bald Eagle flying …

Bald Eagle in St Catharines Not rated yet
I was just crossing Ontario Street to take up my post as a crossing guard in St. Catharines, Ontario, when a Bald Eagle gracefully soared overhead. …

Single Bald Eagle Sighting Not rated yet
Today (December 17, 2013) I saw a Bald Eagle fly over the 7/8 highway a few kilometres outside of Kitchener just before the Petersburg exit! It …

Bald Eagles in Wasaga Not rated yet
I went for my usual hike along the river in the provincial park in Wasaga beach, December 13th 2013. To my complete surprise, there in the trees beside …

Spotted Bald Eagles soaring over the highway Not rated yet
I had no clue we had Bald Eagles in the area!! I read up about them and am so honoured to see them doing their thing in the wild. I hope there …

Bald Eagle at Limberlost Forest Not rated yet
The first weekend of March 2013 a pack of Wolves brought down a deer on the road into my cottage within the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve. …

Bald Eagle sighting in Windsor Not rated yet
A pair of Bald Eagles sighted on East Wyandotte in Windsor. Open stretch of farm fields divided by row of tall trees. Seemed to be the only undeveloped …

What a thrill! Not rated yet
My daughter and I were driving from London, Ontario, (on the 402) headed to Sarnia on Sunday. Just past the Longwoods Road cut-off we saw it. A …

Burlington Bald Eagle Not rated yet
I've just sighted a Bald Eagle fly over my home in the area between Guelph Line & Walkers Line and Fairview & New Street. This was on Friday October …

First ever Bald Eagle sighting Not rated yet
On October 13, 2013, I was driving south on the 7th Line north of Belwood and came across a Bald Eagle feasting on a dead raccoon on the side of the road. …

Bald Eagle over Newboro Lake Not rated yet
Our family was boating up Newboro Lake around 9 a.m. this morning when an adult Bald Eagle flew above our pontoon boat travelling across from Emerald Island …

Bald Eagle sighting in Niagara on the Lake Not rated yet
My husband and I went for a walk along the creek across the road from our home on June 13,2013. First we spotted a heron flying above us over the …

sutton ontario Not rated yet
I was so overwhelmed with their nest...up soooo high and metres across it was beautiful. At first I thought it was a Turkey Vulture - what else could …

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Southern Ontario Bald Eagle Monitoring Project
This site is rich with information about these birds, "le pygargue à tête blanche" their habits, their habitat and also info about how to become a volunteer with this organization

Journey North - info on the Eagles
This site is a great resource for adults and children who want to learn more about this wonderful bird - info about their nests, their migration and their food

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