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Spotted in St Catharines

Sherri wrote to tell us that she saw two huge Turkey Vultures just standing around hanging out in the field at Trapper Leo park in St. Catharines ...

Turkey Vultures in St Catharines Ontario

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Could this be an immature Cooper's Hawk on the back deck

We saw this hawk on the back deck today. We are thinking it's an immature Cooper's Hawk but aren't quite sure. We would love to know what you all think.

Possible young Cooper's Hawk in Hamilton Ontario

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Possible Cougar Sightings

Readers from Hamilton, Hanover, Hickson, Grand Bend, Clayton, St Catharines, Burlington and Huntsville wrote to tell us of their possible Cougar sightings ...

possible sightings of Cougars trail-cam cougar

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Resident Peacock of Temiskaming Shores

Agnes spotted this on Helmer Pederson Drive, Temiskaming Shores, New Liskeard, Ontario.

Peacock in Temiskaming Shores

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Visiting Indigo Bunting

Gord wrote to say ... I was surprised that I saw this bird at our birdfeeder in the afternoon on the 24 of May, 2020.

Visiting Indigo Bunting in Oro Medonte Ontario

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A Family of Hawks

John from Cambridge wrote to report ... Every day at work for the last couple weeks I have enjoyed a family of hawks calling to each other and flying around. I am not sure exactly what kind of hawks they are.

Hawks in Cambridge Ontario

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Wolves Sighted

Several of our readers have written to report their sightings of wolves or wolf-like animals ...

Visiting Indigo Bunting in Oro Medonte Ontario

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Sighting of Turkey Vultures in the Rouge Park Area

One of our readers sighted a pair of Turkey Vultures on April 22, at 3:30 pm on the side of Beare Road between Steeles Ave E and Finch Ave E.

Turkey Vultures in Rouge Park area of Ontario

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Pea-fowl in Bracebridge

Vanessa from Bracebridge said ... I have been visited a few times by this beautiful trio of what I think are Peahens.

Peafowl seen in Bracebridge Ontario

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Snowy Owl on a fence post

I believe I saw a female Snowy Owl this morning west of Dunnville about 1/2 mile north of Lake Erie. She would not let me get too close but kept flying up the fence line and stopping every couple of hundred feet.

Snowy Owl on a fence post Ontario

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Is this a young Cooper's Hawk?

This immature Cooper’s hawk was pictured in Bright’s Grove, Ontario about a kilometre from Lake Huron. He/she was trying to catch squirrels jumping back and forth from a small pear tree to our roof.

Possible young Cooper's Hawk in Bright's Grove Ontario

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Indigo Bunting Visitor

We have 2 - 4 Indigos stop at our home just north of Cobourg, to partake of our nyjer feeder every mid-May. They hang around for a few days and then move on.

Indigo Bunting in Glencairn Ontario

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Another Possum sighting in Collingwood

Another Possum Sighting by Mark from Collingwood ...

Visiting Indigo Bunting in Oro Medonte Ontario

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Possum are everywhere

I've lived in this area all my life (50+ years) and most of it in rural areas, I've seen raccoons, deer, ground hogs, coyote, bear, fox, wolves, moose and array of others, but never possum...

Possums are everywhere in Ontario

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Red Tailed Hawks in Toronto and Hamilton

Judy, Stephen and Gord all wrote to tell us about their Red Tailed Hawk sightings in Toronto and Hamilton ...

Kincardine map  Ontario

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Turkey Vultures in the city

Wendy from Kingston sent this picture of two Turkey Vultures she saw ...

Two Turkey vultures in Kingston Ontario

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Spring in Ontario

Spring in Ontario arrives in late March, and lasts through April and May in this area of the country. It is a great time to enjoy the area beauty spots, when tourist attractions are quieter and you can spend time outdoors enjoying the longer days and mild weather.

Spring arrives in Ontario

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Migrating Tundra Swans

Readers from Paris, Dorchester, Dundas, Oro-Medonte, Oakville, Milton, Richmond, Cambridge have written to tell us of their sightings of the migrating Tundra Swans ...

Tundra Swan resting Ontario

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Indigo Bunting

Sighted in Glencairn, Ontario, on May 30, 2020 when it flew into my window and remained stunned for a minute on the chair where I captured a picture and then it flew away.

Indigo Bunting in Glencairn Ontario

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Kincardine, Ontario

Small towns are generally friendly. You can usually find this out right on the main street of any small town - people will smile or say "hello" even if they don't recognize you.

Kincardine map  Ontario

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Pelee Island

One day, when we can travel again, I plan to re-visit Pelee Island which is the home of Pelee Island Winery's vineyards, where Winery tours are available between May and October.

Heron on Pelee Island Ontario

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Peregrine Falcon sighting in London

One of our readers from London, Ontario, wrote to tell us about their recent sighting of a Peregrine Falcon ...

Peregrine Falcon in Ontario

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Peafowl

Patti, one of our readers, wrote to tell us about her visitor!

Peafowl in Ontario

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Delicious Maple Syrup

Each year, in late winter, just as the days are lengthening and the snow is melting, something wonderful happens deep underground. Each morning, as the sun warms the trees, the system of vessels in the mighty Maple trees begin to raise sap up to the tree's uppermost branches, and ...

Maple Syrup in Ontario

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Lynx Sighting

March 15, 3:00-ish pm. Odessa, Ontario. Out my back window on the other side of the river, about 400' away.

Lynx sighted in Ontario

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The Garter Snake

They are often called "Garden Snakes" and are known in the UK as "Grass Snakes" - they are harmless to humans and are often found on lawns and gardens. Soon they will be waking up from their long hibernation in their Hibernaculum ...

Garter Snake in Ontario

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Your next Vacation could be a Home Exchange

This is an interesting idea for those who would like to visit a different part of the world, but who don't want to pay a fortune for accommodation - in other words "You stay in our house, We'll stay in yours!"

Home Exchange or House Swap vacations in Ontario

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Possums in Barrie Ontario

Thanks, Paul, for your picture and comments - please tell us more - do you see the Possum during the summer months too? What does he like to eat? How big is he and how long has he been coming to your feeder?

Home Exchange or House Swap vacations in Ontario

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Wolf Sightings across Ontario

Melissa, Sandra, Stan all wrote to tell us of their Wolf sightings ...

Wolves sighted in Ontario

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Geese in Georgetown

One of our readers sent us some of his great pictures of Geese on the Credit River ...

Wild Canada Geese in Georgetown Ontario

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Surprised by Screech Owl

Early morning walking through my gardens when I looked up and was shocked to see this beautiful face watching me.

Surprised by Screech Owl in Ontario

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The Common Loon or Great Northern Diver

These birds are easy to identify by their black and white plumage, with a grey head and neck, and spear shaped bill. Loons eat mostly fish, but also eat crustaceans and amphibians, including frogs, salamanders, snails and crayfish.

The Common Loon in Ontario

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The Coyote in Ontario

In Southern Ontario, the howl of Coyotes is a familiar sound to those who live in the country, and to many who live in smaller cities, as they have long inhabited the outskirts of towns here. Right now it is the breeding season for Coyotes ...

The Coyote in Ontario

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Screech Owls

One of our readers reported their Screech Owl sighting ...

Screech Owl in Ontario

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Birds of Prey

We live in the southwest corner of Toronto, a solid golf shot from the Lake, and have plenty of birds in the area, including spottings of peregrines and red-tailed hawks.

Birds of Prey in Ontario

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Mallard Ducks

The Mallard is easily recognized and is probably the best-known of all ducks. It is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate areas of Canada, and is also widespread throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Mallard Duck in Ontario

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Migrating Swans at Point Abino

One of our readers spotted swans on the lake ...

The Common Loon in Ontario

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Cooper's Hawk in Kitchener

We saw a male and female mate today in Kitchener Ontario, on Silverspring Crescent! We then saw the female fly to her nest on that street and the male finished eating a smaller bird he had caught!

Coopers Hawks in Kitchener Ontario

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Peacock Sighting

Peacock sighting on 19th Sideroad just east of 12th Concession

Peacock in Lloydtown, Ontario

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Waverly Woods sighting

As we meandered the public trails at Waverly Beach Woods in Ontario Canada, where the old ruins of a theme park lay, with dirt trails, tall mainly deciduous woods ...

Screech Owl in Waverly Woods, Ontario

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Indigo Bunting at the feeder

I first spotted him in our backyard over two years ago ...

Indigo Bunting at the birdfeeder, Ontario

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Why London, Ontario is a great place to live

Whether you are looking for a thriving downtown, up and coming business opportunities or neighbourhoods to raise a family, London, Ontario is the place to start. Its central location allows for quick access to surrounding major cities, think Toronto and Detroit, as well as throughways for major highways, 401 and 402. These attributes have given London a major advantage in its ability to offer big city amenities while maintaining small town feel.

London Ontario

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Bald Eagles on the water

Several of our readers have written to tell us about their Bald Eagle sightings ...

Bald Eagles on water in Ontario

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Cooper's Hawk in Woodstock

This report was sent to us a year or two ago, the picture is beautiful - thank you Jeff from Woodstock!

Cooper's Hawk in Woodstock Ontario

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Tundra Swan Migration

Tundra Swans are the most widespread and numerous species of swan in North America and there are two distinct populations of these birds. One is the the Eastern population and the other, the Western population.

Migrating Tundra Swans in Ontario

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Some of the Communities in Southern Ontario

Are you considering moving to one of Ontario's pretty communities, or considering relocating your family in Canada? Perhaps you are looking for a place near the beach or countryside for a family holiday or honeymoon? It is wise to learn all you can about the various places, before you decide to move here.

Communities in Ontario

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Wolves in eastern Ontario

One of our readers from Eastern Ontario, sends us this report - Once while driving on Hwy 17 between Hawkesbury and the 417, I saw a Wolf waiting to cross the highway, it was standing beside the road shortly after dusk ...

The Wolf in Eastern Ontario

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Long-eared Ows spend Winter by York University

The Owl was accompanied by its partner (presumably a male and female) and became residents of the small patchy forested areas adjacent to York University. On successive Night-birding outings throughout the winter the pair could readily be found hunting around the same territory, usually perched stoically on branches and street signs watching for movement.

Long-eared Owls in Ontario

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Animals

My wife, granddaughter and I had a sick fox living at the bottom our property in Napanee, the poor thing was suffering from mange.

The fox in Ontario suffering from mange

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Red Tailed Hawk