RAPTORS AND VULTURES
of Southern Ontario

Adult Red Tailed Hawk showing red tail

There are many raptors and vultures in across North America, including Southern Ontario, such as the graceful Turkey Vulture which spends the summers in this area, the Bald Eagle and the Red Tailed Hawk and other birds of prey.

Many birds of prey migrate through this area in the Autumn on their way to their southern wintering grounds.  Others are year-round residents in Southern Ontario,

They can be observed during the fall at several points along Lake Erie, including Hawk Cliff, which is east of Port Stanley, south of St Thomas and all along the Lake Erie shoreline.


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American Kestrel

Bald Eagle

Broad Winged Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Golden Eagle

Merlin

Northern Goshawk

Northern Harrier

Osprey

Peregrine Falcon

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Rough Legged Hawk

Sharp Shinned Hawk

Turkey Vulture


If there are other Raptors and Vultures that you would like to see on our website, please let us know using the form below

Six Raptors or Birds of Prey, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Red Tailed hawk


Have you seen one of Southern Ontario's Raptors?

We would love to hear about your sighting of the Birds of Prey in Southern Ontario, or if you spotted a rare Raptor.

Remember to make your submission a minimum of 100 - 200 words and tell us when and where you saw the bird, the time of day, and what you observed them doing.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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Help Identifying this Bird 
This type of bird attacked and killed a Dove before my very eyes, just wondering what type of bird this is, I see it quite often. I live in North Richmond …

Backyard Visitor 
Seen at St. Clair and Christie area at 2:30 pm April 3rd. It stayed and was looking for something behind the fence. Could it be the cat or a squirrel? …

Unknown Bird of Prey 
This picture is by the water of Lake Simcoe, specifically Kempenfelt Bay. My husband saw him/her approximately 40 feet from our house, surveying the …

Small Hawk near Lake Ontario in Oshawa 
Saw this little fellow in the open, but high in a tree quite close to a subdivision. He/She is pretty but I don't know what species it is. …

Sunday Morning Breakfast 
I spotted what I believe to be a Sharp Shinned Hawk this morning eating a mouse in our back yard. On Henry Street near West street in Brantford. …

More Pics of the Massacre 
I thought someone might enjoy these. Thank you, I will also post this on our Facebook page , as our followers will also enjoy this!

Unknown Bird of Prey 
I'm not sure what type of bird this is. I've seen in perched in a tree by the road a few days in a row. Thanks for sending your picture - perhaps …

Can someone identify this Hawk? 
This beautiful bird has been hanging around Osgoode in downtown Toronto this past week, right outside where the 'smokers' take their break. It is …

Identification needed for two birds 
I'm not sure what this bird was that I saw this afternoon but I think it may have been a falcon. It hopped up from my neighbour's yard onto …

What is this? 
Came out of our driveway and it was sitting in a tree. We live in Powassan, Ontario - just south of North Bay. It was 10:30 in the morning. …

Hawks in Southern Ontario 
S. Vollmer wrote to say ..... I'm pretty sure we have a pair of Falcons in our back yard. We have had hawks before, but these friends are new. …

Raptor IDs please past year or two... 
The first one was on the Bruce Trail of the Hamilton Escarpment. Some type of hawk species? Second was on the Bruce Trail towards Balls Falls. Coopers …

I Do Not Know What Soars By On Migration! 
I live in Ajax, Ontairo, 21 years now in the same spot! Next door to the Ajax Hospital, this is relevant to the wildlife I see here and all year long! …

Birds of prey I can't recongize. 
I am an avid cycler and love the trails we have in this great city we call Toronto and I consider myself very lucky at the amount of wildlife I have observed …

My Neighbourhood Squirrel Chaser 
It was early afternoon in my neighborhood in downtown Toronto, I had noticed something chasing Squirrels on the ground. As I got nearer I noticed a …

Mystery Raptor at RBG 
This past Labor Day we were walking around the Hamilton RBG Arboretum when I spotted this wonderful bird land on top of a tree not too far from me. …

Please identity this type of bird 
While driving north down Clarke Side Road in London, Ontario, we noticed a very large nest on the top of a utility pole. A few days later I was able …

Hawk ID 
I am trying to ID a large Hawk that has a dark grey or black under body, head and neck, it's wings are lighter at the edges and finger feathered at the …

Applewood Mississauga Bird of Prey 
I have seen this very large bird a couple of times in recent days (April 21 2014). It is over two feet tall and its wing span is enormous!! We …

Please help identify 
21 April, 2014 approx. 7 - 7:30 pm I saw a dark slate grey bird of prey with a catch of a black bird such as a Starling or Grackle or possibly a mammal …

Five beautiful birds soaring  
Hi, I saw at least five beautiful birds peacefully soaring over my apartment building in north Peterborough. I couldn't identify them. They flew …

Birds Of Prey In Brant County 
I have yet to not see any birds of prey along the trails around the Water Works Park trails in Brantford, Ontario. Here are a few shots of some Bald …

Wonderful Surprise Visitor!  
I live in a small condo complex where the buildings are built around the block so as to create an interior open grassy square, with several middle-aged …

Large raptor at Victoria Park 
I wasn't able to clearly identify the specific bird, but it appeared to be much larger than a hawk, was light coloured and had speckled chest. It landed …

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awesome big bird soaring  
Around 9:15 - 9:30 on the morning of Wednesday June 12, I was driving westbound along Bloor Street. I was stopped at a red light at Sherbourne Street, …

Scared for my dog 
I have seen a large bird circling around our backyards twice this week. Today at 5:30, the bird suddenly dove very quickly towards my 12 pound dog. …

White Bird of Prey 
I was driving to my brother in law's house in Barrie, Ontario. As we approached his house, which borders a large tract of forest, I noticed a white bird …

Nesting Raptors 
In the center of London, Ontario, in a tree in the yard that backs on to mine, two raptors are building a nest in a large tree. I live on Gladstone …

Multiple large birds of prey in Kingston 
We've been lucky enough to see several large birds in and near Kingston, Ontario, over the winter, including a Bald Eagle soaring low over the highway …

It's either an Eagle or a Hawk 
We were out playing in the snow on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Dentonia park, behind the Crescent Town buildings, near Victoria Park and Danforth Ave. …

Applewood birds 
I live in Applewood in Mississauga, Ontario, surrounded by many large trees and have recently seen some large birds that I assume are birds of prey. …

Not sure what type but it was impressive 
Hello, I have been searching the Internet looking for a good source of Ontario birds of prey pictures. I happened upon your site and am excited for …

Birds of Prey...and birds to pray for 
Late on a Sunday afternoon in early June of this year, we heard a big commotion in our back yard as this large bird settled on our back deck (see attached …

Small bird of prey in the school ground 
Hi. When most of the children left the school ground (in Ottawa, Ontario) and only a handful remained to play, we saw a small bird of prey fly, sit on …

Bird sighting at West Lions Park 
While watching my brother's baseball practice yesterday, a large bird, definitely a raptor of some sort, flew over the park. It was a fairly heavy …

Two Hawks maybe three 
We have had two Hawks show up early morning (6:00 a.m) and early evening daily for about two weeks. We live in Stratford, Ontario and are located very …

What is this Raptor? 
I was in my backyard about 4pm and I seen this bird-raptor soaring through the sky. I grabbed my cheap binoculars, and took a look at this bird-raptor. …

What was it? 
I live in Central Etobicoke, Ontario, in a home that backs onto a small park which is used for baseball and soccer, with only a few trees. This morning …

What did I see? 
Good Morning! As I was sitting here having my coffee and watching the snow fluttering down in my back yard, I noticed a large bird sitting on the …

Is this a Red-Tailed Hawk? 
My husband and I came across this bird on January 7, 2012. We're in Hamilton, Ontario and we've been watching Red-tailed Hawks for years now. This …

What Do Hawks Eat? 
I heard if Hawks are hungry enough they could swoop down and pick up a small dog, is that true? I know they are amazingly strong birds. What is …

American Kestrel 
My wife an I have lived in Roslin, Ontario, for 4 years, and since we moved here, we have had Kestrels come and nest in our garage. The first three …

n0va59 
I live on the 12th (and top) floor of an apartment byilding right beside the 401 in Scarborough. I have had a Rough legged Hawk land on my balcony and …

Help identifying by description please!  
Okay, so my friend and I are having a difficult time identifying some birds we saw today. I wish we had a camera with us so I could post pics! It …

Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in Richmond Hill? 
On Easter Monday, we spotted, in a tall deciduous tree in the ravine behind our house, a very light, buffy, pale looking Hawk sitting on the bare branches. …

Home Sweet Home 
I just moved to this great new farm house 2 months ago, and in the last two weeks I have been seeing these rather large birds soaring around my house and …

Hawk (neighbourhood security come cheap) 
I live near Merlin, Ontario, out in the country. Typically Hawks stay here year-round, so I guess these Hawks do not migrate. Right now we have …

Mystery Raptor pair 
On March 18, in Oakville, Ontario, I saw two large soaring birds of prey (I think). Too large to be Red-Tailed Hawks, these two birds were almost 100% …

Interesting looking hawk 
I had an interesting Hawk sitting in a tree in our backyard in Grimsby, in a residential area for a good 15 minutes. He had a fan shaped tail that was …

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Broad-winged Hawk Sighting - Southern Ontario 
I live in Ajax, Ontario. Our house looks out onto a small wooded area that has a creek running through it. We have a small bird feeder that attracts …

A Hawk through a dirty Toronto window 
I recently purchased a modest telephoto lens and had been practicing its use on Sparrows in my back yard. Generally I have a small blind I can open. …

Rough-legged Hawk 
Has anyone seen Rough-legged Hawks lately, in and around Kingston, Ontario? We have quite a few sightings in the Gananoque area. We were wondering …

Raptor - Hawk 
I live on the 12th floor of an apartment in central London, Ontario. This is my second sighting. The first was the bird going after pigeons on the apartment …

Hawk visitor 
S/he just popped in out of nowhere into our suburban back yard (granted our development surrounded on 3 sides by farm lands). Not sure if its a Coopers …

Hawks in our backyard 
We noticed a hawk in our backyard over the last few days. Today we had quite a treat with 3 in our backyard at once. So we think it may be mom with her …

Flock of Hawks 
I saw a flock of about 30 Hawks last fall near Oshawa, Ontario. It was a beautiful sight, but I am curious as to whether this is a regular occurrence? …

Raptor sighting 
Calling all Birdwatchers - we need help from any of our readers who are amateur Ornithologists! Pam, from Ayton, Ontario sent us this report of her …

Merlin in Fort Erie? 
Shannon, one of our readers from Fort Erie sent us this question - Earlier today I was in the Walmart parking lot in Fort Erie, Ontario, when I saw a bird …

Kestrels near London, Ontario 
One of our readers sent us this report of her sighting today - When my mother and I were driving south of London today, we saw two Kestrels on the telephone …

Peregrine or other Falcon? 
Hello, I noticed a pair of Falcons nesting in a large pine tree in a park behind my house. I have attached some pictures. Can someone ID the type? …

What is this unusual bird in my yard? 
Hi there, I caught a picture of this bird this morning just before he took flight. We live in urban Ontario in a townhouse style condo. My …

Having breakfast 
I saw this bird this morning on a fencepost enjoying a small bird for breakfast. I'm hoping someone can identify it for me. Hmmm..... it looks …

Scared the Bejesus out of me 
I was driving down Fox Point Rd up in Muskoka / Lake-of-Bays area around 5:30 pm, when I saw movement to my right. Out of the ditch came this HUGE bird …

High Park Toronto 
Hawk, lunching on a Squirrel.

Mystery Raptor! 
I don't know what it is .....it is relatively small and very agile. It hunts the birds that attend our bird feeder complex. Yesterday around 4:00pm …

Bittersweet Wonders of the World. 
July 1, 2010 landed in the middle of the week. Steve, Sam and I went camping at Conestoga Family Campgrounds with Steve's parents, his sister Michelle, …

Broad Wing Hawk 
I was waiting to post this until I got confirmation of my sighting from e-bird Canada (a reporting sight where bird watchers go to let others …

Possible broad-winged hawk sighting Not rated yet
I saw this raptor perched high up in a tree around 9:00 am in Waterloo. I managed to take this photo with a camera with excellent zoom! From internet …

Hawk? Not rated yet
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 …

Hawk Sighting? Not rated yet
I saw this in my driveway eating a bird.

Golden Eagle Waterloo Not rated yet
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, …

Afternoon Delight Not rated yet
Spotted this Hawk September 26, in my backyard tree. Right below was my Chipmunk I have been feeding all summer, poking his head out of his hole. …

Unknown Hawk Reports Not rated yet
Jay from Guelph wrote to say ... I spotted two very large hawks at about 6:30 pm. I saw one first, perching, then another swooping around probably after …

American Kestrel Not rated yet
I was taking photos in Milton on October 29th and was very lucky to not only see a male American Kestrel but also to get a few photos of it. I watched …

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Young Raptor Learning to Hunt Not rated yet
This young raptor was spotted on May 15th, 2016 at 2:00 pm outside my 11th floor, apartment window. Located in Clarkson Village, Mississauga, I've seen …

Balcony Hawk Shot Not rated yet
January 2016 Picture of a Hawk looking for it's next prey, spotted at High Park North. These birds fly around the High Park forests and wait for …

Balcony surprise 240 Wellesly Street East Not rated yet
I returned from a walk and noticed an arrival on the balcony about 7:40. Guess it couldn't get into the Blue Jays game. Thanks for sending this …

Curious Hawk Not rated yet
I have bird feeders outside my home office window and yesterday a hawk flew in to the maple tree and scared all his lunch away. He noticed me in the …

Birds of Prey in the Holland Marsh Not rated yet
There was been a great deal of activity along the Holland Canal in January 2016. Large nests and a number of birds, including a Snowy Owl, have been …

The Circle of Life - at the bird feeder Not rated yet
Overcast skies and drizzle provided the perfect cover as a bird of prey swooped in and took out a fat, gentle, well-fed pigeon on a warm January morning …

Joan Turner Not rated yet
Saw this big bird of prey this a.m Sunday 10:00 am. Downtown Toronto, Alexander Street between Yonge and Church. Our co-Op and Greenrock apartments …

Hawk on Railing Not rated yet
We opened the door to the front porch and there it was standing on the railing. There was a dead squirrel close by. He was not at all frightened …

Southern Ontario Hawks Not rated yet
Debbie Fuller wrote to say ..... I have hawks around my property all the time but, this morning at 11:00 am. I saw a totally grey large hawk sitting in …

I saw Not rated yet
I saw what looked to me like a Vulture, looking at the pictures on this site, it looked very close to the Turkey Vulture, but its neck seemed to be a little …

Raptors Not rated yet
Was working in Edwards Gardens near the Bridle Path today July 11, 2014. Caught a glimpse in the corner of my eye and I see a raptor in a big tree. …

Bird of Prey in North Oshawa!  Not rated yet
A friend and I were driving east on Conlin Road just past Harmony Road in Oshawa, Ontario, and a massive dark bird flew out from the left side of the road. …

Backyard Hawk in Toronto Not rated yet
This spring we notice a large hawk nest in the backyard. Here are a few photos we just took today.

Mystery Raptor Not rated yet
Spotted on UWO (University of Western Ontario) Campus at the baseball field near the Family Medicine building 2014/04/24 08:45. One flew over and landed …

Mystery Hawk, Cooper's Hawk & Osprey Not rated yet
A reader from St Catharines wrote to us in March and said ..... There's been a big Cooper's Hawk in my backyard. We have a bird feeder, so most times we …

Sharp Shinned Hawk Not rated yet
Stopped in at our backyard around 1:00 pm February 15th 2014. We have a number of feeders and attract a large number of Squirrels (red, black and …

Backyard Snacker Not rated yet
Just this afternoon (February 9 2014) we had a Hawk using our backyard as his ( or her) own picnic ground. He was digging into a Mourning Dove quite …

Amherst Island Not rated yet
I lived on Amherst Island for 18 years, my backyard was a stopping spot for many birds including a Northern Shrike pair, a pair of Bluebirds, Harriers, …

Lost and Found at University of Windsor Not rated yet
Hercules was born under the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario. On one of his maiden flights, he got too far west. Out of energy and away from mom …

Locking Talons in Freefall Not rated yet
20th February 2013 - Three large birds, could be Hawks, soaring above my house in the area of Manor Road and Yonge Street. Around lunch time, two of …

Peregrine Falcon Not rated yet
January 29th 2013, Dundas, Ontario, at about 4pm I saw a Peregrine Falcon eating something, a mouse maybe, on top of my fence. Very cool!!

Possible goshawk? Not rated yet
Lately we've had a Hawk of some kind scoping out our backyard for prey. It almost got one today (either a squirrel or a sparrow). I looked in my …

Two Raptor sightings in Southern Ontario Not rated yet
Hi there, I had a Coopers Hawk yet again in my backyard here in Toronto, this past Friday. It soon made a quick meal out of another bird that was at my …

What kind of bird? Not rated yet
The pictures are upside down for some reason. Ajax, Ontario, November 17, 2012 Small forested area near Audley Road and Bayly street, at 3:00 pm …

Waiting for his supper Not rated yet
There are no other birds in our garden when "Coop" is around looking for supper.

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Woodpecker, Eagle, and A Hawk Not rated yet
This has been a great month, seeing some neat birds from my living room. I live near the Rouge Valley, just off of Sheppard Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario. …

Hawk eating dinner 4 feet away Not rated yet
What a sight! It was on Friday September 21, 2012 at around 7pm. We were gardening at the Leslie Spit allotment gardens when we sighted this Hawk eating …

Not sure what type but it was impressive Not rated yet
Hello, I have been searching the Internet looking for a good source of Ontario birds of prey pictures. I happened upon your site and am excited for your …

Dinner time in the backyard - August 29, 2012 Not rated yet
We had just finished eating an early supper on our back porch, when my husband noticed a movement in the large trees at the back of our yard. Although …

Hawks and Turkey Vultures in Rexdale! Not rated yet
Birds I View. I bought my 1st Ornithology book 2 years ago and was intrigued while at a bar and a stranger walked up to me and asked if I know the name …

Broad Winged Hawk in Orleans Not rated yet
This majestic hawk perched in the tree in front of our home, while robins, sparrows, chickadees, and finches screeched and swooped in order to discourage …

Florida pale Red-shouldered Hawk? Not rated yet
This morning in Brampton we spotted a Hawk and got a good look at its pale, un-streaked breast. It had a pale, barred tail and a pale head. All …

Large raptor east of Lakeside, Ontario Not rated yet
Just east of Lakeside, on our way to London, we had to slow the car right down to allow a large raptor to take off northward from where it had perched …

Hawk and Moon Not rated yet
One of our readers, Marinus from Georgetown, Ontario, sent us this picture he made ..... the moon from a photograph he took over Georgetown, and the Hawk …

Looking for dinner. Not rated yet
Spotted this beautiful hawk, today, in Georgetown, Ontario. Beautiful, Marinus, beautiful!

Strange bird? Not rated yet
January 26th 2012 at noon in St. George, Ontario. I was outside and saw the strangest bird. I was probably 200 ft away but I saw 15 - 20 birds …

Hawks Flocking Not rated yet
October 2nd 2011 - In Markham, Ontario, we saw what must have been 30 to 40 Hawks flying overhead and just gliding about. We live across from a big …

Close Call Not rated yet
I have seen, 8 feet over the top of my Jack Russell Terrier, a Golden Eagle. We are located on a farm located in King City, Ontario. The Eagle's …

Hawks are doing well in my Scarborough neighbourhood Not rated yet
Well this is my 2nd submission about the many, many Hawks who make my neighbourhood home. I have had several Hawks land on my balcony railing over the …

Lady Gaga broke her leg Not rated yet
Lady Gaga was brought to a local veterinarian with a broken leg. She was administered a gas anesthetic. A lateral incision was made over the affected joint. …

American Kestrel Not rated yet
This American Kestrel flew into an object as it was hunting its meal last night. The Police brought it to me. I kept it in a dark area to avoid …

Red Shouldered Hawk Not rated yet
February 14th 2011 - Glenwood Drive in Chatham, Ontario. I just spotted what I believe is a Red Shouldered Hawk. It flew up to perch on a fairly low …

What was it? Not rated yet
I believe I may have seen a Gyrfalcon, it was very large and similar in colouration to a Seagull. Seen in Brampton, Ontario. I wonder if any of our …

Rough Legged Hawk? Not rated yet
One of our readers sent us this question today - I saw a large bird near my house in west-end Toronto today (Aug 4/10). It flew off the ground and perched …

Raptor over London Not rated yet
We have watched a type of hawk from our 14th floor apartment building on Ridout St. in London. This morning it landed on our balcony railing and sat …

Morning Northern Goshawk Not rated yet
I woke this morning to find a juvenile Northern Goshawk warming itself in the sunshine, perched on my picnic table. I did manage to get a few nice photos. …

Birds of Prey in Barrie Not rated yet
My 2 yr old son and I were out taking a walk down our street, when he looked up into the sky and pointed to some very large birds flying by. I thought …

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