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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.

Just had one in our yard

Saw our first Possum in 5 years of living in Waterloo. We are at the most northern part of Waterloo near Erbsville. Possum seen at twilight May 3rd

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Georgetown Ontario

Have spotted this lone Opossum on numerous occasions in our and neighbor's backyards. Thanks for the Possum picture, and my apologies for the delay in

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Possum sighted in Don Mills

Sighted a Possum strolling past the patio door last Saturday. No time for a photo, but the next day I did take a picture of very distinctive track marks

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Early Coyote Sightings of 2019

These readers wrote to tell us about their sightings of Coyotes ...

Coyote in the snow in Ontario

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Need help identifying in Hamilton, Ontario

I see these two almost every day at work on my lunch break. There are a few large old trees they seem to perch in and there is an empty field right behind

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Eagles in Milton Ontario

When I lived in Milton, big birds of prey are seen often like various hawks and Turkey Vultures are plentiful. This bugger tried to take my Yorkie but

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Great Horned Owl spotted

I’ve been waking through this forest for years and only now realize I was being watched! Great shot - thank you for sending this to us!

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Unknown bird

This huge bird of prey swooped down to have a sleep on a branch in our backyard in Barrie. Would like to know what kind of bird it is.

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An Abundance of Possums

Possum sightings are pouring in, here are some more from across southern Ontario ...

Possum sightings in Ontario

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Do you want to be part of a 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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Port Dover, Ontario

Port Dover is located in Norfolk County and is on the shore of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Lynn River. The last Friday the 13th Motorcycle gathering was in September 2019.

Port Dover Pier

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A sighting

Sat on our neighbour's fence. Whitby, Ontario. I have lived here most of my life and have never saw an owl in this vicinity. Amazing! Thank you for

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Immature American Bald Eagle

I was out and about for a walk in Ajax, along lake Ontario this morning around 9:30 - 10:00 and spotted this big guy, way high up in a tree, watching the

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Pelee Island, Ontario

Pelee Island may be somewhere you would love, if bird watching, bicycling, fishing, and winery touring, are things you enjoy!

Pelee Island pheasant Ontario

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He was a Cool Possum!

I was waiting for the bus around 2:30 pm when I saw this guy across the street. I wasn't sure what it was so I went for a closer look and saw this guy

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Eagles seen in St Marys, Ontario

G Edwards sent us this great picture of a pair of Bald Eagles that he spotted this summer in St Marys ...

two Bald Eagles in a tree in St Marys Ontario

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Indigo Bunting Spotted in the Coves

I saw this bird along the banks of the creek which runs from the larger of the two ponds in the Coves area in London, Ontario. This was just after 8

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Bald Eagle in Verona, Ontario

Saw this Bald Eagle on November 9th 2018, in the morning. Thank you for writing to tell us of your Bald Eagle sighting, I will post this on our Facebook

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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 just east of Thamesville along Longwoods Road. I spotted this

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Unknown Bird of Prey

Sighted on Tar Island in the Thousand islands. What is it? Can anyone help Mary identify this bird of prey? It looks like some kind of Falcon, but

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Owl Lake Muskoka

I'm not sure what kind of Owl this is, but I saw it last Spring and saw a Snowy owl yesterday. What do you think readers? Does this look like any Owl

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Possums in abundance

One of our readers sent this picture from last winter ... I saw this guy in the backyard. Thought it was a giant rat at first, then got a better look

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Ontario Police College in Aylmer, Ontario, OPC

Ontario Police College, or OPC as it is often called, is on Hacienda Road, in Aylmer Ontario

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Wolf Sightings across Ontario

Melissa from Milton, Ontario, wrote to tell us of her Wolf sighting ... Walking my two little dogs this morning down at mill pond Milton, Ontario, around

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Osprey, found throughout N America, including Ontario

The Osprey breeds in Southern Ontario, migrates through this area, sightings at Hawk Cliff, near Lake Erie, le balbuzard pêcheur

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The Eastern Bluebird - making a come-back in Southern Ontario

The Bluebird is returning to this area, more now than ever before, nesting boxes for blue bird, insect catcher - beautiful bird

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Beaver

I think beavers are interesting because they are good builders and they also are invasive because they destroy Ecosystems which then destroy every thing

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Port Ryerse Garter Snake and Ms. Snapper

On the weekend of June 1st, this large and beautiful Port Ryerse Garter Snake ate a pesky mouse. You can see the swelling about 25% of the way down.

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Map Turtle hit by car!

Mrs Map Turtle was crossing the road to lay her eggs and a car ran over her. We found 4 gravid eggs by the road. We placed a dot on the top of each egg,

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The amazing Monarch migration!

Every year, the last generation of Monarch Butterflies born in the fall migrate to Mexico! Nobody knows quite why they do it or how they know it's time

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Possums

Julia, Casey, Pat, Shirley, Colin, Holly, Trevor, Murray wrote to tell us of their recent possum sightings ...

a possum in Ontario in a box

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A Beaver in Toronto?

Yesterday I snapped these photos of a 20 ft, freshly gnawed down tree. The smell of wood chips was fresh in the air as I turned the corner on the path and there was the "tree" I knew that this was the work of the "mysterious" beaver, however a definitive picture of said Beaver has yet to be captured.

tree downed by beaver in Toronto Canada

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I love Raccoons!

One beautiful summer night I was sitting quietly and still on my front patio when along came a raccoon. He was large and when he saw me, he walked absolutely silently towards me.

friendly raccoon with arms outstretched

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Peacock sighted in Bayfield

We were cycling on Orchard Line, Bayfield, when we saw a bird which we thought was a goose but ...

peacock sighted in Bayfield Ontario

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Evening Grosbeak

I used to get all kinds of them when I was living at the house a concession over and they would all come in a flock males and females in the winter months to gorge themselves on sunflower seeds when I set them out on our old picnic table.

Three Evening Grosbeaks eating at the feeder

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Cedar Waxwings

The Cedar Waxwings are native to North and Central America as well as the northern part of South America...

Cedar Waxwings, their life in Canada

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What kind of bird is this?

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

what kind of bird is this - could be a Cowbird

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What is this in the Mulberry bush?

One of our readers spotted this in the bushes ...

grey catbird in the mulberry bush

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Wild Peacocks

One of our readers from Amherstburg sent us this report of her bird sighting - Every day on my way to work I am seeing 5-7 wild Peacocks grazing on the side of the road - can this be true? I didn't really believe it but I stopped yesterday and it was true - Peacocks!

wild peacocks in Ontario

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The Northern Flicker

The Northern Flicker also known as the Common Flicker, is a member of the Woodpecker family and is native to most of North America. This bird is the only Woodpecker to be ground-feeding as it takes grubs and insects from fallen logs and trees.

Cedar Waxwings, their life in Canada

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Little Lost Chick

One of our readers found a little lost chick ...

little lost chick

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London Ontario Ospreys

Here are some clear and close-up pictures of the Osprey eating a fish, I hope you like them.

Ospreys in London Ontario

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What kind of Warbler is this ?

Alexis from Markham said ... I got involved in photographing birds a couple of years ago and I'm still stumped with this one even with numerous field guides.

unknown yellow warbler on branch

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Possums seen North of Toronto

It seems that our little Opossum friends are surviving and doing well north of TO ...

Little possum in a tree

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Toronto Area Turkey Vultures

If you're like me and figure vultures belong in the wild west, and not in cities, you might be surprised by all the reports we have received from the Toronto area ...

Turkey Vulture walking on ground

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Bobcat caught on trailcam

This was taken by a trailcam I have set up on my land about 30 minutes north of Napanee or Kingston, Ontario. Follow the trail of prints in the snow to the far front left of the picture ...

Possible Bobcat caught on trail cam

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Possum in Newmarket, Ontario

Kate from Newmarket wrote to tell us about her Possum sighting ...

Possum in Newmarket Ontario

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Garter Snake takes a bath

Jim, from Puce, Ontario, wrote to say ... I was working in my elderberries when this little fellow wiggled by, so I picked him up and noted that the posterior end had not shed. I took him home and bathed him.

Juvenile garter snake being held

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Possible Mountain Lion

I found a massive cat print in mid-May while looking at wild pink lady's slipper orchids that bloom on the outer edge of our cottage property, I went to the hardware store and used lake water to mix plaster and made a cast of the paw print, at the time having never seen anything like it ...

Possible Mountain Lion print, Havelock

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