Golden Eagle Sighting?

by Eric
(Barrie, Ontario, Canada)

Hi all,


I was recently driving at the split in Barrie Ontario. For those of you who don't know what that means, it is where the highway splits between highway 11 and highway 400.

I saw a bird, which I first thought was an Owl but saw it a couple weeks later, and think it is a Golden Eagle.

Has anyone else seen this bird? It often sits on the sign in the field when you follow hwy 400.

Thanks for this report of your Eagle sighting - if anyone sends us info, we'll post it here

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Apr 01, 2018
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Golden Eagle sighting along Via rail track
by: Susan from Toronto

The Eagle was seen just outside of Burlington in a tree about 30 metres from the tracks. It was huge.

Mar 10, 2018
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Golden Eagle Sighting
by: Anonymous

I saw a Golden Eagle fly over the causeway at Hwy 48 in Kirkfield this morning at 8:04 am. Beautiful - and me without my camera!

Feb 04, 2018
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Golden Eagle
by: Johnny

I saw a Golden Eagle flying over an open field on the outskirts of Milverton, Ontario, on February 3rd 2018, in the afternoon.

Jan 13, 2018
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Golden Eagle
by: Anonymous

Saw what I think was a Golden Eagle in my backyard on Jan 11 in Brampton. At first I thought it was an owl.



Jan 10, 2018
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Golden Eagle
by: Milene

Saw a Golden Eagle at 10am on January 10th 2018 flying over the Pigeon River just north of Emily Provincial Park in Omemee, Ontario. It landed on a tree across the water access for a few minutes to rest before it continued it's flight.

Jan 04, 2018
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Essex County
by: Cari

I saw a large bird, very dark with a distinctinve white stripe across the underside of its wingspan near Cottam Ontario. Was told this sighting made no sense for this area. No speckles of white feathers. Beautiful sight either way.

Dec 01, 2017
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Female Golden Eagle
by: Anonymous

Spotted on Telephone Bay Road, Haliburton. December 1st, 2017.

Nov 27, 2017
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Port burwell
by: Anonymous

I have just seen one today for the first time on Nova Scotia Line, near Port Burwell.

Nov 20, 2017
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Saw a Golden this morning
by: Jon Lundy

I saw a Golden Eagle this morning in my back forty feeding on a gut pile from a deer I shot a couple of days earlier. Just outside of Warkworth, Ontario.

Nov 20, 2017
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I saw one as well
by: Lacey Bennett

I saw one this summer nesting near the river in Mattawa, Ontario. At first I thought it was a Bald Eagle but when it flew I knew it was a Golden Eagle. Beautiful.

Sep 30, 2017
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Golden Eagle
by: Anonymous

My son saw a Golden Eagle this morning near Drayton, Ontario. It was sitting on a highway post and was very large.

Jun 30, 2017
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Golden Eagle
by: John O'Grady

I saw one last week, feasting on a dead crow ... near line 7, Shanty Bay - Spectacular!

Jun 25, 2017
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Golden Eagles
by: John

I saw a Golden Eagle yesterday between highway 11 and Ridge Road ... line 8 at Burls Creek.

May 18, 2017
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Large Golden Eagle on Sauble River
by: Don Alonzo

May 17 2017
While Kayacking the swollen Sauble River I saw a Golden Eagle swoop down to the water and pluck a fish and flap on. Later the same trip it appeared coming out of a tree 20 yards above me and fly down river, below the the tree line, and make a turn out of view. We were speechless as it was so large and so close the feathers nearly looked like brown fur. It was beautiful and huge! A sight to see!

Dec 01, 2016
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Sighted at Oneida First Nations
by: artemisnorth

Today my friend and I took a different route back to London. In a harvested field we saw two large birds just standing there. From a distance we assumed wild turkeys. They were Golden eagles for sure! I haven't seen one since before 1996 when I moved here from Eastern Ontario. Great day for birding.

Nov 28, 2016
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Golden Eagle Lake Huron
by: Anonymous

Today I saw a Golden Eagle on Bruce County Rd 33, just outside of MacGregor Point Provincial Park on Lake Huron, south of Port Elgin. It was magnificent! I've NEVER seen a bird this big... I thought it was Voldemort himself perched in a tree. I was able to get very close and snap a picture with my iPhone, but of course it fails to do this incredible bird justice. I am awestruck.

Nov 17, 2016
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Golden Eagle
by: Anonymous

I was fishing on Wolfe lake near Westport, and saw this big black, brown bird trying to attack a crane in the air. The crane kept flying close to our boat for protection. The eagle finally left. What a beautiful sight. I'm sure it was a Golden Eagle.



Nov 03, 2016
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Baden, Ontario sighting
by: Anonymous

Googled "golden eagle sightings in Ontario" as I was sure I saw one November 1 2016 just west of Baden, Ontario, I just did not think they were around the area. Now I am certain it was a Golden Eagle.

Nov 03, 2016
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Golden Eagle
by: Anonymous

I am an avid bird watcher and have just returned home to google this bird I saw. It seems to be the same bird you have seen Hwy 400 and Hwy 11 split as I was also in the same location. Amazing to see as I believe these birds are rare and almost extinct. Glad that I could confirm what others have seen as being a Golden Eagle.

Sep 04, 2016
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Port Rowan, near Long Point
by: Anonymous

My girlfriend and I were kayaking the Port Rowan area from Big Creek and witnessed a Golden Eagle effortlessly harvest a fish from the wetlands surrounding us. Amazing.

Sep 03, 2016
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Petawawa Base
by: Kris B

I was golfing on the base Thursday, Sept 1. After my round I was sitting in a gazebo atop the hill. As I sat reading, a giant brown bird flew over me. I couldn't get a good pic, but it was bigger than any vulture or bald eagle I've ever seen, and as I said; pure brown.

Aug 28, 2016
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Golden Eagle Sightings near Sharbot Lake
by: Bill

Yesterday and today, first one pair, then two pairs, Golden Eagles soaring and circling our cottage lake. Perched for a while in a big oak right in front of us. Huge. Lovely.

May 13, 2016
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Musselman's lake
by: Anonymous

Pretty sure I've seen one around Musselman's Lake, north of Stouffville. First time it had a fish, I think. Second time it came in low over my head and I felt it before I saw it, pretty cool, like whooshing of air. It was big and brown with sort of a bronze sheen in spots, pretty sure it was a Golden Eagle.

May 03, 2016
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Sighting in Georgina
by: Thankful girl

Often see Hawks and Falcons and Turkey Vultures. Finally had the pleasure of see a beautiful Golden Eagle this afternoon. Ravenshoe Road just east of Woodbine. Stunning bird.

May 01, 2016
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Six Nations nesting pair
by: Mike Curley

We have had a pair of Golden Eagles move in nearby and believe they have one of their nests very close to our home. I have also noticed a lack of Red Tail Hawks in the area which are usually very common. Have the larger Eagles taken over the territory?

Apr 19, 2016
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Three Eagles
by: Peter

I saw what looked and sounded like three golden
eagles yesterday near Awenda Park. Just had time to get out of the car and hear them and see one descend rapidly after prey. I have previously seen one in the are twice. These did not sound like or look like turkey vultures nor did they fly like vultures.


Mar 30, 2016
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University of Waterloo Eagle
by: Anonymous

Drove by one on March 28, 2016. It was tackling a small prey on a green in the university of Waterloo of all places (Close to the intersection of University Avenue and Westmount). There are some high trees in the area. My first sighting it was delightful.

Mar 06, 2016
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Golden Eagle seen on roadside near Durham, ON
by: Chris

Driving from Paisley, Ontario, to the GTA...
We thought it was a Turkey on the side of the road from a distance because of it's size. When we got closer it turned its head and we could see that this was definitely not a Turkey, or Turkey Vulture. Its hooked beak and unbelievable size lead me to believe it was definitely an Eagle. The beak was not yellow, but greyish in colour. Its back and wings were black/dark and brown. I didn't notice any spots or light patches at all, but then I was driving and only got a split second clear observation. I've seen a Golden Eagle before in captivity, but never in the wild. I never thought I'd see one so close to home.

Mar 02, 2016
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Golden Eagle Foxboro
by: Anonymous

I saw and got pictures of a Golden Eagle on the Moira River, Foxboro, Ontario.

Jan 06, 2016
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Golden Eagles
by: John

Pair of Golden Eagles in Havelock Belmont Methuen Township seen daily near County Road 46 north of waste disposal site, south of MRT Quarry.

Dec 19, 2015
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Golden Eagle in King City On
by: Anonymous

I saw a large bird flying above the tree line along Jane St in King City Thursday morning. It was quite large so it caught my attention. As I got close to it I saw it was clearly an Eagle. Absolutely beautiful bird. I was very excited and wish there were more of them in Southern Ontario

Dec 10, 2015
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Golden Eagle sighting
by: Anonymous

We have had a few Golden Eagle sightings at Pine Ridge Memorial Gardens in Ajax at Church and Taunton, it just sits up in a tree obviously looking for a snack as there are lots of squirrels and rabbits.

Nov 19, 2015
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Golden Eagle In Ajax Ontario
by: Eric

There is a Golden Eagle living right in the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Ajax (Rotary Park).
It has been there at least for the last 4-5 weeks.... morning is the best time to see that Eagle mostly it is sitting in a tall tree or right on the beach.

Nov 15, 2015
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Saw Golden Eagle
by: Andrew

I recently moved to the shore of Lake Huron south of Port Elgin and there is a Golden Eagle I've seen three times on the beach in front of my house! This bird is huge, I did not think they were in this area.

Nov 02, 2015
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Golden Eagle
by: Hannah

We were driving in the car and saw a huge bird I didn't know what it was but I think it was a Golden Eagle.

Thanks for writing to tell us about your sighting. As far as I know, Golden Eagles are confined to the northern part of the province, however, juvenile Bale Eagles do not start to develop white plumage on their head until their fourth year, so perhaps that is what you saw.

Apr 26, 2015
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South Ottawa spotting
by: Anonymous

Just spotted one by Bank Street, north of Winchester (maybe Vernon area), grabbing something in ditch/roadside. Wow huge! 11:00 am Sunday April 26, 2015.

Apr 07, 2015
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Golden Eagle sighting in Russell Ontario
by: Laurie

Last year we spotted at least 2 pairs of Eagles around exit 96 on the 417. Last night (April 7) around 6 pm while our 3 small dogs were out in the back yard, a large Golden Eagle flew across the back yard. We brought the dogs in. Shortly there after the Eagle flew at tree top level back over the yard twice, probable looking for the dogs. The Eagle had a wing span of over 6 feet. Located around Eadie Drive and the Caster river in Russell Ontario.

Mar 21, 2015
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March 21, 2015
by: D. Jacques

I believe I just saw a pair of Golden Eagles flying North - North West over Lake Nippissing, about a kilometre off shore. It was snowing slightly, and in the light they looked black. Watched for a bit through binoculars. Certainly not Turkey Vultures. No tell tale Bald Eagle markings. Seemed bigger than Bald Eagles, for sure. I wonder where they are headed. Happy first day of spring!

Jan 21, 2015
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Golden Eagle
by: Sloehand

I think I saw a Golden Eagle a few years back in Waterloo near Kraus Carpets at Northfield Drive. It was in a gully beside the highway and had fresh kill in it's talons. I stopped and looked at it and it looked at me and then flew away, almost getting clipped by a car on the Conestoga Parkway. It was huge, easily 18 to 24 inches tall with a huge wingspan. It was a Golden brown color and funnily enough there is a street not far away called Golden Eagle Road!

Dec 16, 2014
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Golden Eagle
by: Anonymous

I saw a Golden Eagle on Saturday at the West Guilford dump on Hwy 118 in Haliburton. Had my camera and got a few shots of it.

We'd love to see your pictures and more information - you can send it to us from our Birds of Prey (Raptors & Vultures) page




Nov 17, 2014
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Golden Eagle
by: Darin

Driving to work today on Hockey Valley Road, I sighted what I am 99% positive was a Golden Eagle in full flight, at just above tree level - what a sight!

Oct 23, 2014
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Barrie, Ontario, October 23rd 2014
by: Anonymous

Just 20 minutes ago, over Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, I was treated to a beautiful Golden Eagle soaring with the wind. After yesterday's events, this Golden Eagle changed my entire mind set. I've seen Golden Eagles in the Yukon and Alaska of course, but this was a rare and beautiful sight.

Sep 25, 2014
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Golden Eagle
by: Bob

A large majestic Golden Eagle was soaring overhead today for a good 5 minutes above my house close to Dundurn St. & Aberdeen Ave in Hamilton Ont. PRICELESS!

Sep 09, 2014
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Golden again
by: Anonymous

On September 7th, near Awenda Park on Champlain Road , we saw what I believe was a very large Golden. Not sure if it was the same one as last time but it was about three kilometres from the prior one.

Sep 08, 2014
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Golden Eagle in Ottawa
by: kyyyyy

I definitely saw a Golden Eagle in Ottawa on the parkway .....it flew right in front of my car, it was glorious!

Sep 05, 2014
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Golden Eagle Sighting
by: Anonymous

On Labour Day I was visiting the Hamilton RBG Arboretum when I spotted a large bird land on top of tree close to me. I started walking towards it stopping to take a picture, then move forward. I got right under it and came away with amazing pictures, from a distance and close up. Such beauty and color on this wonderful Golden Eagle. It only stayed because there were so many Turkey Vultures in the sky overhead. Which I also have pictures of.

If you like, you can send your pictures to me here at our website and I will publish them so that our readers can see them - Our Raptors page

Aug 26, 2014
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Golden Eagle over Vineland
by: Anonymous

On Sunday August 24th I saw a Golden Eagle floating on the air currents in my back yard (we live on a plateau below the Niagara Escarpment). As it passed over and the sun was at it's back it was a bright golden colour and very big .... I had no idea they were in the area ... I hope to see it again some day....

Aug 25, 2014
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Bob 's Lake Westport area
by: Anonymous

Fishing on Long Bay, on Bob's Lake August 23rd 2014, we were drift fishing and must have gotten too close, and this massive black bird flew out of the trees about 15 feet from us. It was not a Turkey Vulture! Absolutely beautiful!

Aug 08, 2014
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Awenda
by: Peter

We watched a Golden yesterday at Hamelin Park near Awenda Park for about fifteen minutes while eating a fish at water's edge in the company of a crow. Unfortunately, only had cell phone cameras which did not work too well.

May 07, 2014
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Golden Eagle sighting
by: Anonymous

My husband saw a Golden Eagle in the Campbellville area today!

Apr 04, 2014
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Golden eagle Hamilton
by: Kris

I work on Hamilton's harbour, saw a Golden Eagle soaring over the water.

Apr 04, 2014
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Golden in South Georgian Bay
by: Anonymous

I am almost positive I saw a Golden on Grey Rd 2 just south of Victoria Corners on Southern Georgian Bay. Perched on a fence post. I have seen one years before in the Algoma Highlands. Too big for a Hawk and not a Vulture.

Mar 31, 2014
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Golden Eagles
by: Anonymous

March 30 & 31, 2014, I swear we saw Golden Eagles soaring high above us. Looked at them thru binoculars, fits description perfectly. I live in Peterborough, Ontario. Have never seen one here before. Beautiful to watch.

Mar 17, 2014
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Golden Eagle
by: nash

We have a Golden Eagle hanging around our neighbourhood. There must be something on the Trent that it is feeding on.... not the swans, but, something that hangs out around them!!!
What a gorgeous bird!!

Mar 01, 2014
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Maitland Valley sighting
by: Anonymous

I spotted a Golden Eagle snatching up a cat by the Maitland River near Sunshine, in January and spotted again in same area on March 1, 2014.

Jan 08, 2014
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Golden Eagle
by: Imre de Jonge

Summer of 2013, I saw a Golden Eagle dead on highway 118 between Bracebridge and Port Carling. Unmistakable with its white upper tail feathers bordered by the black tips. Even stranger: The same day I saw serveral great black-backed gulls flying over Bracebridge feeding on a swarm with many ring-billed gulls. I've also seen a black-back on Lake Simcoe.

Dec 30, 2013
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Eagle sightings near Alma Ontario
by: Anonymous

Twice this year I have seen an Eagle. Once on the Alma Road while driving. As in an earlier comment, the bird flew over my windshield and completely covered it before veering up and going after something in the field. Just this past week, my husband and I were coming home from Elmira and observed one swooping down into a harvested corn field. So beautiful!

Dec 15, 2013
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Eagle
by: Anonymous

I saw a Golden Eagle today near Elmira, Ontario, on my way from Waterloo.

Oct 10, 2013
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Alliston
by: Anonymous

I have seen an Eagle twice now.... One time it swooped right in front of my car and I had to put the brakes on, and then it rose up right between my car and a potato truck!!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe my eyes.

Jul 12, 2013
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4 of em
by: Anonymous

I am convinced the four large dark birds I see around Alliston are Eagles. Their wingspans must be 4 feet.

May 01, 2013
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Huntsville
by: Jean

Over the past 10 years we have witnessed "Our" 2 soaring Golden Eagles from our Muskoka room situated on Lake Vernon. This year they have increased to 5 eagles. We feel honoured to witness their flight.

Apr 08, 2013
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Golden Eagle Sighting Yesterday
by: Dan B

My Dad an I have seen a Golden Eagle flying near the YMCA on Rebecca Street in south Oakville, about 500 m from Lake Ontario. April 8, 2013

Mar 24, 2013
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Seen one today
by: Jacqui

Saw a Golden Eagle hovering above Jackson park in Windsor, Ontario, yesterday, funnily enough there were no squirrels to be seen running around in the park when usually there's heaps! Then saw another one today while driving on the road. Beautiful!

Feb 24, 2013
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Eagle Sighting in Goderich
by: Pauline

I believe that I saw a Golden Eagle this morning at the lake front in Goderich, Ontario.

At first I thought it was a Bald Eagle as we have them in the area, but looking closer it didn't have the white head and tail of the Bald Eagle. If only I'd had my binoculars and I wasn't driving!

I'm not sure, but I believe that Bald Eagles do not get their adult plumage until their fifth year, in which case, that could be what you saw - you may find this interesting - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Nov 11, 2012
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Sightings in St Marys
by: Anonymous

I don't know about the Barrie area but I live on the Thames River in St Marys, Ontario, and have seen what I believe is a Golden Eagle in flight and resting in a dead tree several times over a two week period in Late October - apparently there have been approximately 100 of these birds sighted at Hawk Cliff on Lake Erie.

If only I could have gotten a photo.

A local birder confirmed the sightings both on the Thames and on Lake Erie.

Sep 17, 2012
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Golden Eagle in Brampton
by: Anonymous

We just saw one this morning in Brampton, Ontario, close to Heart Lake Conservation. It was perched in of all places our 150 year old maple tree. We have many rabbits in the neighborhood so I am guessing that is what attracted it.

If you did spot a Golden, that would be very exciting as their usual range is in Northern Ontario, but I have learned that however unlikely, nothing is impossible!

Thank you for telling us about this!

Sep 06, 2012
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Golden Eagle
by: Anonymous

Hi - I had also recently had seen a Golden Eagle in Stoney Point, Ontario. It was on the ground at the time, walking around with what looked like a broken wing. We called the Rescue Center.

Wow, if you did find a Golden, that would be really exciting as their usual range is from North Bay, Ontario, northward, but I have learned that nothing is impossible!

Thank you for telling us about this!


Jul 29, 2012
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Grey County Eagle
by: Anonymous

I think my wife and I saw a Golden Eagle perched on a dead tree stump - perhaps 10 - 15 tall - off of Provincial Highway 6 and south of Grey County Rd # 9 on July 29th, 2012.

It was about 5 - 10 km north of Mt Forest on Provincial Highway 6 on the east side of the Hwy


Sep 20, 2011
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One landed on my car
by: Kelly

I work in South Oakville, Ontario, and my coworker called me out to show me the huge bird standing on the roof of my car, it was gigantic, over 2 feet tall.

It wasn't a Hawk or an Owl. I just looked it up and listened to the sounds it makes, which I heard pretty distinctly when I approached my car.

He stood there for approximately 10 minutes, poking around the edges of the sun roof and making noise.

Perhaps about to migrate south?

Sep 13, 2011
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Pair of Golden Eagles
by: Anonymous

I was fishing on Chelsea Lake near Westport, Ontario, (2011-09-04) and saw a pair of Golden Eagles perched in a very tall pine along the waters edge.

Aug 29, 2011
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golden eagle siting
by: Anonymous

I have seen a Golden Eagle flying over our farm (located in King City, Ontario). Once I saw the bird gliding over our 15 year old Jack Russell. He was about 8 feet above us and luckily several small birds were attacking him and caused him to lose balance. I have seen the bird 2 other times but not such a close distance. I have never seen a Gold Eagle here before. Normally, we see Hawks and a Horned Owl on the farm.
Earlier the summer we also spotted a Bald Eagle in Georgian Bay flying over an Island Called American Camp. Stunning! One of our neighbors at Thunder Beach saw a Bald Eagle on the Point. I hear that these large birds are making a comeback to Ontario

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