OWLS

of Southern Ontario

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In Southern Ontario there are several types of Owls, including the Snowy Owl, Great Horned Owl, Short Eared Owl and Screech Owl.

These birds vary greatly in size, ranging from very small Saw Whet Owl, to the large Great Horned Owl.

They are mainly nocturnal and typically have the large eyes and facial disc of their species, sensitive hearing and in general, are rodent eaters.

These birds all have short tails and large heads, and hunt for food on the wing. Females are usually larger than the males, whereas in other birds, the opposite is the norm.

For information on the various species of Owl click the links below.

Barn Owl

Barred Owl

Boreal Owl

Grey Owl

Great Horned Owl

Long Eared Owl

Northern Saw Whet Owl

Screech Owl

Short Eared Owl

Snowy Owl

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Unknown Owl Sighting 
Hello, My wife and I decided on an impromptu walk last night, just before dusk. On the return trip, walking down Victoria Avenue between Tecumseh …

Backyard Visitor 
This Owl lives in our area and frequents our backyard regularly. I've only ever seen it hunting on cloudy winter days in December through February. …

Night time Intruder 
Hello. We woke up last night to what we thought was our cat playing with a piece of paper on the floor or something. When I finally came downstairs …

Early morning tree movement 
I was outside throwing ball for my dog at 6 am. Suddenly saw something move up in my evergreen tree above the street. Tried to get photos to …

Friendly resident 
I live in a rural part of Whitchurch Stouffville and this beauty is a regular on our quiet street. Seen him/her maybe 5 or 6 times now and hear it …

Cold weather kills 
Two mornings ago around dawn, I spotted a small puffed out bird perched on my chain link fence. It was about the size of a dove, but not the shape. …

Our anniversary present 
This little cutie flew into our window a couple of times before we brought him inside. He was very photogenic and calm as we took a bunch of pics. …

Swingin Owl 
We were working at the fire-hall by the Toronto Zoo when I noticed something hanging oddly in the air a few feet off the ground. Upon closer inspection …

Eastern Screech Owl  
Visited this beautiful Screech Owl in Burlington, Ontario, today. I knew the Owl was roosting at this location and was sad it wasn't out at the time …

Lisa Milan 
I live in Grimsby, Ontario, and last night at 1:00 am, I heard a repetitive call coming from my yard. It was a soft, deep hooting song. Hoooo, hoo-hoo-hoo, …

Owl moves into Seniors Residence 
So, I'm building a Seniors residence in Oakville, Ontario just up from the lake and we happen to have a little friend show up one morning in the building …

Townsend Lake Golf Course 
We noticed this little one on our bird feeder this morning. How charming! Thank you for sending us this picture of the little Owl! Do any of our …

The Rouge is a beautiful place 
Great picture, I would love to see this bird. I live in Scarborough, and have been seeing quite a few different birds over the past few weeks. …

Great Grey Owl in Kingsville, Ontario 
In the past few weeks there have been reports of a Great Grey Owl sighted in Kingsville , Ontario, and even CBC TV has sent their crew to see it! …

Hanging around in Southern Ontario 
Hi, I came across this Owl whilst walking in a forest area at the north western edge of London, in south western Ontario. I followed it around for …

BBQ Supervisor Not rated yet
I was BBQing, about 5 pm, and it was still light outside. I looked into the bush/tree beside me and about 3 feet from my head was this little guy. …

Highland Creek Ravine Owl Not rated yet
Finally after years of not seeing any owls, I found this beauty while out hiking in the Highland Creek Ravine in Scarborough. I had the …

Best Guess Screech Owl Not rated yet
My neighbour had 5 of these in her tree and then two of them decided to reside in our tree during the daylight hours. There was a Robin screeching …

Owl in my backyard! Not rated yet
In 2015 these owls were around. Now there are babies but I have no idea what kind. Can someone help with that? Hello Michael - thank …

Southern Ontario Owls Not rated yet
One of our readers wrote to say ... I saw an Eastern Screech Owl land in a backyard spruce tree just before dusk. Shortly after, it was joined by another …

Paxton's Bush Not rated yet
In late April we went for a walk in Paxton's Bush. There was an owl way up in a tree that was broken off. A perfect place for a nest. We couldn't …

Mystery Owl? Not rated yet
This guy is in a nest close to the town of petrolia Ontario. I'm wondering what breed he is??? Thanks for sending us this picture Wayne, perhaps …

Unknown Owl sighting in downtown Windsor Not rated yet
My wife and I decided on an impromptu walk last night, just before dusk. On the return trip, walking down Victoria Avenue between Tecumseh and Giles Streets, …

A Multitude of Owls Not rated yet
Stev recently wrote to say ... I live in New Hamburg, Ontario, literally on the edge of town and while returning home on a very cold night in January around …

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Barred Owls Not rated yet
We recently moved to the Tamworth, Ontario, area and have been lucky to watch and listen to a family of owls for over a week now. We drove out to the …

Canoeing on the Thames Not rated yet
Hey, earlier today me and my fiancee rented a canoe at Wildwood Conservation Area . We were canoeing down the river when we decided to paddle into …

Taylor Creek Owl Not rated yet
Walking my dogs in Taylor Creek Park at dusk. For some reason I looked up and there he was, a meter over my head! Thanks for sending your pictures …

Long Term Resident Long-eared Owl couple spend Winter by York University Not rated yet
In early December of 2014 I first laid my eyes on the spectacular Long-eared Owl. The Owl was accompanied by its partner (presumably a male and female) …

Owls in our backyard Not rated yet
We have cedar trees in our backyard and two owls (I think Great Horned) are now taking up residence there. I think they have been there all winter …

Backyard Owl Not rated yet
It was November 19, 7:00 and I looked out the window. Something stuck out of the tree. It was either a Great-Horned or a Eastern-Screech owl. …

Various Owls across Ontario Not rated yet
Gary Curl from Scarborough wrote to us recently to say .....In fall 2012 I was walking in the Highland Creek valley in Scarborough when I observed a …

Lucky Owl Not rated yet
I was driving along county road 8 between Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls. It's about 6:30 at night and dark. I am alone and on my way home from a long …

Surprising Owl Spotting Not rated yet
I was walking the morning of Tuesday March 11, 2014 around 6:00 a.m. in Paris, Ontario. I saw movement in an evergreen shrub to my right as I walked down …

Betty-Lou Mancuso Not rated yet
I live in Sault Ste Marie Ontario. Yesterday we spotted an owl in our backyard which backs onto a conservation area. We only noticed it because of a couple …

Intriguing Owl in Hawkestone Not rated yet
I was driving eastward on Old Bass Lake Side Road in Hawkestone, Ontario, in the early evening. To the right of me, perched on a fence, was a plump …

Porch Owl Not rated yet
Woke up this morning and while letting the cats out the front door, lo and behold sitting on the lamp fixture was this tiny owl. We're not sure the …

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