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Kingsville, Ontario

The pretty town of Kingsville is located right on the north shore of Lake Erie and is well known for its mild weather, world-famous Jack Miner's Bird Sanctuary, and for Colasanti's Tropical Gardens. To other people, this small town is known as the most southerly town in mainland Canada.

animal prints in the snow

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Property for sale in St Thomas, Ontario

Wouldn't you like to move out of the big city? What does a million dollars get you where you live? This fabulous 6-bedroom home is located just outside the city of St Thomas on 8.84 acres of fields and forest and has a pool, hot-tub, in-law suite and would be perfect for a family that loves the outdoors! Asking price is $975,000

house for sale in St Thomas Ontario

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I see these birds often flying over our property in Bradford, Ontario. Typically there are one or two. The last couple of days there have been 5

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Osprey over Chippawa?

Over my house in Chippawa one Wednesday evening in June. There were two of them, one higher than the other, slowly circled around for 20 minutes then

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Possums in Ontario

Hi there - I grew up close to the Bruce Trail in the Hamilton, Ontario area. Living close to the Niagara escarpment I was able to see a lot of different

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What is this in the mulberry bush

This bird has grey feathers with a black cap, we have a pair of them. They are about the size of a small Robin. I have not seen them before.

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What kind of bird is this.

This bird has been coming to my bird feeder for a few days now. It usually eats with the black bird in photo or with the doves. It flew away with a

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We have a possum in our yard in Collingwood Ontario. Never seen one in Canada before.

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Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks showing off in Grenadier Pond, High Park, Toronto. I have been told that these beautiful males will lose their colour in summer and become

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

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Mystery Cats

Colleen Bond On Easter Sunday April 1st 2018. We had left Haliburton village about 7:30 pm. Traveling down highway 21, about 7-10 minutes out of the town,

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Peacocks in Mount Albert area

They were crossing the road then went down the ditch line and into the forest. This was on Boag Road, 1 km west of Highway 48.

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Turkey Vulture Tree

Spotted this morning, April 23 2018, on my way to work (8:30am) in Guelph on 25 side road just west of Guelph line. The birds were just sitting in the

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Two Red Tail Hawks nesting in Wainfleet

This nesting pair has enjoyed my citidiot tendencies by me sprinkling bird seed EVERYWHERE in the OPEN so I can bird watch. And now the Red Tail Hawks

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Great Horned Owl nest

It was amazing to spot this beautiful bird and two young peeking out of their nest. This was in early March 2018, London, Ontario.

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Swans near Aylmer

Driving along Pressey Road near Walkers Line, just east of the town of Aylmer, Ontario, yesterday I saw a field of Swans on the south side of the road.

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Tundra Swans at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area

Hubby and I went to see the Tundra Swans at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area yesterday, Friday, March 23rd 2018. There were lost of people with cameras

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Snowy Owl likes to shop at the new Costco in Grimsby

Though I shot these a few weeks ago, he was back there last night - March 9th 2018 around 18 18:30. There is still a lot of open field around the new

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Owl in the Barn

We entered our barn to milk the cows for the evening and found this owl sitting on top of the door. He let us approach him and take close up photos.

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Snowy Owl on Fifty Road

I saw a Snowy Owl, all white, on top of an L.E.D. street light pole, which I actually put up and installed. It was just sitting up there over the bridge

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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.

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I've seen about 60 so far!

It was approximately 7 pm Wednesday February 28. I was standing outside a Starbucks and heard them coming. At first I thought they were Canada Geese

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Could this be a Lynx?

One of our readers sent us this picture of paw prints in the snow ... what do you think this was?

animal prints in the snow

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Two Eagles in one tree

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.

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Cooper's Hawk near bird feeder

We have birds at our feeder all day in Dundas, Ontario, but I haven't seen this guy before ... and he frightened away all of the other birds. He sat

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I spotted this big guy just east of Peterborough, Ontario, on February 10th, 2018. The animal was larger than a Coyote, but displayed similar marking

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Snowy Owl at Dr Davey School

As we started our school day, we heard many students amazed at seeing a male Snowy Owl on our school roof. Of course we needed to take pictures and learn

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Hawk in January

This hawk was observed on January 14th, on the fence between my yard and our neighbours. The hawk was about 5 metres from the patio door when I shot this picture. It was eating some small animal - a squirrel or chipmunk ...

Hawk in January in Ottawa

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Snowmobiling near Wiarton

One of our readers wrote ... Several years ago, my mother came to Canada to visit me and my family, for Christmas. During the three weeks she was here, my husband thought it would be a good idea to take her out to see what Snowmobiling was all about.

Snowmobile trail in Ontario

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The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, can be seen in the northern hemisphere, including here in Southern Ontario. These mysterious lights have always fascinated me and on the occasions that I have observed them, the sight has ...

Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights

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Two Wolves

We've heard howling and yipping for over 6 months in the late evening or early hours of the morning, but previously always in the distance, this was up close! We both got out of bed to look and there in the full moonlight and white snow background sat a large animal, about the size of a large Alsatian dog, tall long legs and a huge long brush tail.

Two Ontario Wolves

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Stones 'N Bones Museum, Sarnia, Ontario

The Stones 'N Bones Museum in Sarnia is an amazing place for young and old!

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The Beavers Have Taken Over

We have a creek called Fletcher's Creek here in North West Brampton that currently has a very large Beaver dam built across it. The dam is now at minimum

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Backyard Kill

3:00 pm January 6 Southeast Oakville, Ontario backyard. We watched a bird of prey consume a Mourning Dove. The kill took place at our backyard bird-feeder,

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Cobourg Wolves

Every night I hear coyotes howling, sometimes fighting with each other, which is a sign of high population, if the coyotes are fighting for territory.

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Possum in Oshawa

We had a possum walk across our fence today. We have never seen one here before.

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North Waterloo near St Jacobs

Catching a possum was not expected! We let it go free in a safe place and hope it will live happily ever after.

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Possum in Aurora

I opened my side door to see a Possum sitting next to the step.

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Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk?

This guy visited the backyard presumably after spotting sparrows at my feeders. Not sure if it is a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk. Does anyone know?

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Opossum in Lakefield (north of Peterborough)

I found an Opossum caught in a trap set by our neighbour to get some raccoons. This was in Lakefield, north of Peterborough, Ontario. Thank you for

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Barrie, Ontario Possum

I saw a huge possum slowly walk along the fence in our backyard. My dogs must have really scared it as it completely froze.

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Even More Possums

Through October and November we received lots of Possum sighting reports ... D Telfer London Ontario Canada said ... I saw one the other night in my neighbour's

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Unknown Bird of Prey?

Seen July 6 around Yonge and Bloor in Toronto adjacent to the Rosedale Valley ravine. It was calling frequently, a high pitched soft sound, not harsh.

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Need help identifying

I was walking along the Rouge off off the trail at Morningside and came across two large raptors. One of them had landed and I was able to get a photo

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Golden Eagle Waterloo

I caught these pictures on my game camera near Erbsville, Ontario. I personally believe it is a Golden Eagle. Most of my night-time pics are deer, coyotes

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Great Horned Owl in Kitchener

Helloo ho hoo hoo! I have a Great Horned Owl living in the backyard within city limits. We have incredibly tall trees which are frequented by Crows

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Many Coyotes in ravine

My name is Carole I live in Thornhill, Ontario. We have a ravine at the back of our property and every evening around 12:00 pm we hear barking followed

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What type of bird was visiting Brampton?

This large bird was on a rooftop in Brampton, Ontario. I'm not sure if it was a Turkey Vulture. It shows white head with a wingspan of about 6-8 feet.

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Migrating Turkey Vultures

I observed 27 large Vultures moving slowly and silently in early September (I believe) last year. I live on the top floor (24th) of an apartment building

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