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We are currently receiving many submissions to our website and have quite a backlog. Your chances of being published quickly are greater if you are able to include a picture with your animal sighting report.

Bald Eagles on St Clair River

Wow, thank you Kai, for sending up your wonderful pictures and your report of your Bald Eagle sighting!

Ontario Bald Eagles on St Clair River

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Two Coyotes

Jorge D wrote ... Anyone going for walks to the York regional forest, please be mindful of this and keep your pets on a leash preferably and be prepared in case you encounter the Coyotes.

Ontario Coyotes near Ballantrae

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Great Canadians ... William Shatner

In addition to the hugely popular "Star Trek" TV series, between 1979 and 1991, he also played Captain James Kirk in the first six Star Trek films, and directed the fifth, and in 1973, returned to the role, by being the voice of Captain Kirk, in the animated Star Trek series.

William Shatner, a great Canadian!

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The Blue Jay

This is an unmistakable bird, both for its beautiful, bright plumage and for its noisy raucous call. These birds stay in Ontario all winter and don't migrate south. The male and female birds are of similar size, although the female is slightly smaller and both birds have a crest.

The beautiful Blue Jay with bright plumage and crest

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A light lunch for a hawk

Spotted in Oakville 2017.

Bird of prey enjoying lunch

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Keanu Reeves - a great Canadian!

The movie career of Keanu Reeves started after a few stage performances and a handful of made-for-TV movies, he had a supporting role in the Rob Lowe hockey flick "Youngblood", which was filmed in Canada. Shortly after production ended, Reeves headed for Hollywood and soon popped up on critics' radar with his performance in the dark adolescent drama "River's Edge" .

Keanu Reeves, great Canadian actor, producer and musician

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Is this a Red Tailed Hawk?

Terry from Brampton sent us these pictures and his report of his Hawk sighting ...

Ontario Red Tailed Hawk

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Wiarton, Ontario

Legend says that, if the Groundhog sees his shadow as he emerges from his burrow on February 2nd, then the area will have to endure six more weeks of winter - which, seeing as this is Canada, never is such a big surprise to us!

Wiarton, Ontario

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Possums are everywhere in Southern Ontario!

Sightings of Possums from Windsor, Hillsburgh, Ottawa, Waterloo, Reidsville, Bridgenorth, and Trenton from our readers.

Possums are everywhere in southern Ontario

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My new-found friend

Dave wrote ... yesterday while walking around my property in Pine Orchard, Whitchurch - Stouffville Ontario, I observed an owl which I believe is a Great Grey Owl.

new-found owl friend, great grey owl

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Beautiful Snowy Owl

Taken Nov 25, 2019 in Port Rowan, Ontario. Our first sighting ever.

Beautiful Snowy Owl

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Wild Peacocks near Kitchener

Mary wrote to tell us about her sighting of wild Peacocks near Kitchener, Ontario ...

Wild Peacock near Kitchener Ontario

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Sailing ... it's fun!

Gerry from St Thomas wrote to us about the great sailing on Lake Erie ...

Lake Erie sailing is fun in Ontario

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Albino Rat in Lakefield

Lori from Lakefield, Ontario sent us this picture of a Possum ...

Possum, Albino Rat in Lakefield, Ontario

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Wolf - Coyote mix? Rouge Park

Saw this today. Is it a coyote-wolf mix? Thank you for sending these pictures. I don't know whether this is a Coyote or a Wolf-Coyote hybrid, but perhaps

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Backyard birds and friend.

Junco, male and female Cardinal and squirrel. All stoking up for a cold Minus 22 C. night With no sparrows around, to chase it away from the feeder, I

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Frequent wintertime backyard visitor. Thanks for the picture Marinus, what a cute little chap he is! We also frequently see these little birds in the

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Coyote spotted

Coming back from work, approximately around 4:30 am, a coyote crossed the road in front of my car forcing me to brake. The coyote didn't seem scared and

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Old Cougar sighting report

My name is Josh, I'm 23 years of age, often hiker. Two years ago I witnessed a quick sighting of what appeared to be a younger adult Cougar here in Grey

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Snowy Owl seen in Woolwich township

One of our readers sent us this report ... I live in Woolwich Township. I'm an amateur photographer and after 3 years of trying to find an owl in the wild to photograph I came across this beauty! He seemed to pose for for the pictures and smile in some of them! Even though it was freezing out I spent about an hour just enjoying my good fortune in being able to be in the presence of one of nature's most majestic creatures!

Snowy Owl in Canada

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What are these birds?

I am trying to find out the name of the birds that flock together on the side of the road in the winter time. Lots of people call them snow birds but I do not think that is what they are.

Ontario wild birds in Canada

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Ontario Wild Birds

Birdwatching has been a long-time hobby of mine, and this area of Ontario is rich with bird life - from the fleeting glimpses of Hummingbirds in the Summer, to the arrival of the graceful Tundra Swans each Spring, the birds of this area are well worth watching.

Ontario wild birds in Canada

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The Canada Goose

It is said that these birds mate for life, but I have heard that when one of the pair dies or is killed, the other bird will choose another mate the following year. The geese often return to the same nesting spot, year after year, sometimes even to where they themselves were hatched!

Mother Canadian Goose with goslings in Canada

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Ontario Snowmobiling

When you consider that your snowmobile can take you to places that are inaccessible by any other means of transport, it is vital that you make sure that you have the correct clothing, an up-to-date trail map, and enough fuel for your destination and to reach home safely.

Winter snowmobiling in Canada

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The Nuthatch

These small, agile, birds prefer to live in woodland however, a few species have adapted to rocky habitats, and we often see them at our bird-feeder in the garden, especially in the winter time and at the moment they are frequent visitors to our birdfeeders ...

Winter Nuthatches in Canada

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Mystery Bird in my Backyard

Lona from Renfrew said ... I haven't seen this bird at my feeders before.

unknown Ontario bird

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The Ontario Police College, Aylmer, Ontario

The Ontario Police College is located to the north-east of the town of Aylmer, on Hacienda Road, and is where the majority of Police training in the Province of Ontario takes place.

Ontario Police College, Aylmer, Canada

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Please take part in this Coyote Survey?

We have recently been approached by Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, who are conducting a study on Coyote activity in Eastern Ontario, and the Kingston area in particular. If you have seen Coyotes and would like to participate in this study, please complete this form and your experience will be included in the study. Thank you.

Coyote in Ontario

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The Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are sometimes seen in the northern hemisphere, including here in Southern Ontario.

Winter Northern Lights in Canada

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Birds eye view.

We have snowy owls that grace us with their presence every winter on our farm. It makes me happy to see them return every year. They are so beautiful

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Mystery Owl in Newcastle, Ontario

One of our readers sent us these charming pictures of an Owl, spotted in Newcastle.

unknown bird found in Ontario

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Bird of Prey chases Fox!

Randy from Tillsonburg wrote to tell us about his sighting of a fox being chased by a raptor ...

Raptor chasing fox on beach

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Unknown Bird of Prey

One of our readers sent this picture of a raptor ... can anyone identify this bird?

unknown bird of prey in Ontario

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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 ...

Winter scenery in Ontario

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More Wolf Sightings

Several of our readers have written to tell us about their sightings of Wolves in Ontario ...

Winter scenery in Ontario

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Kitchener Possum

Dennis from Kitchener, Ontario, spotted a Possum in his backyard ...

Winter scenery in Ontario

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Can you Name this Bird?

One of our readers from Niagara Falls sent us this picture ... can you name this bird?

unknown bird found in Ontario

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Wolf seen in North Grenville

Pierre from Kemptville wrote to report ...

Winter wolf print in Ontario Canada

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The Great Horned Owl

In this area, Great Horned Owls nest in trees, both deciduous and coniferous, often in mixed forests and sometimes in urban areas.

Winter Cardinal in Ontario Canada

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White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer are abundant in southern Ontario and there are collisions between deer and cars every day on our highways and roads - please use caution at dawn and dusk when you're driving!

Winter white tailed deer in Ontario Canada

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The Cardinal

The shy Cardinal is found in and around woodland, brushy swamps, gardens and hedgerows, and can be found across the eastern USA, from the southern parts of Canada, south to the Gulf Coast and west to Arizona and parts of Southern California. The photograph on this page is reproduced by kind permission of Mary A Wilson

Winter Cardinal in Ontario Canada

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The Amish in Ontario

When I first came to live in Ontario, I saw groups of people in St Jacobs, Elmira and Aylmer, who dressed in a plain, old fashioned way, and who drove horse & buggies - when I asked who they were, I was told ...

Amish horse and buggy in Ontario Canada

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Wolf or Coywolf Sightings

I always thought that Wolves lived in the uninhabited parts of northern Ontario, and that Coyotes lived tolerated human habitation in the south, but there are Wolf-Coyote hybrids, which are known as Coywolves, throughout southern Ontario. Our readers have sent us these reports of Wolf or Coywolf sightings ...

Black Winter Wolf in Canada

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Snowy Owl

In February, this reader sent us these beautiful pictures of a Snowy Owl ... my apologies for the long delay in publishing this. I live in Woolwich Township.

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Wolf Sightings across Ontario

These are reports that people sent us back in 2017 but they are still interesting ...

Wolves in Canada

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Bayfield, Ontario

Located on the shore of Lake Huron,the village of Bayfield is in the Municipality of Bluewater, Ontario, and is just 20 kilometres south of Goderich on highway 21

Bayfield Ontario Christmas

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Bald Eagle on Earth Day, April 22, 2019

I had no idea that Bald Eagles were in this area until I thought I saw one the other day east of Thamesville. I spotted this large nest, visible from

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Snowmobiling - popular winter activity in Ontario, Skidoo, Arctic Cat

Snowmobiling a great winter pastime - driver training, info and links to OFSC, winter is coming, Polaris ...

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Christmas in Canada, Winter Wonderland of snow, enjoy a Canadian Yule

Traditional Christmas in Canada - Snow & Santa, snowmobile time, cards & gifts, trim the tree and decorate the house Noël bonne

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