Waterfowl are found all around Ontario, in rivers, marshes, lakes and ponds, you will find many species of Water and Shore birds.
Some of these birds stay here year-round, and others are migratory and spend their winters in warmer climes, returning to this area in Spring to breed.
Those which migrate to warmer climes for the winter, may only be seen in this area during their spring or fall migrations to their breeding grounds in the far north, and other species stay here year-round.
The water birds of this area include the Canada Goose, the graceful Tundra Swans and the beautiful, but elusive, Wood Duck, the Common Goldeneye, the Common Loon and others, which are listed below.
Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary
This Bird Sanctuary in Kingsville, Ontario, was created to preserve and protect water birds
Waterfowl in Ontario - De la sauvagine de l'Ontario
Info for those wishing to hunt water fowl in Ontario
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Very large yellow bird with flat head
Walking in Collingwood along a trail, I saw this large (30" tall) bird sitting on the fence. I thought it was a stuffed animal but when I …
Beautiful Black Crowned Night Heron
I was on my bike ride I enjoy at least twice a week with a friend along the Don Valley and as we approached a certain area my friend pointed out a bird …
Another Unusual Visitor
This little water feeder has also frequented our duck pond in Ottawa, and we have no idea what it is. Any ideas? It looks like a type of Heron, …
Heron and Ducks
Not in our back yard, just down the road, in Georgetown South.
A family swimming together
Here is a family of Canadian Geese swimming in the Grand River. When they saw me and the dogs, the adults went on each side of the goslings and swam …
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 …
Ducks I've Photographed This Spring
While waiting for the many birds to return I've been photographing ducks. Some remain here and others are just stopping by on their flight further north. …
My wife sat in kitchen the other morning and a Blue Heron flew over and landed in neighbour's yard beside us. This is January 2011, and we live in …
Can you tell me?
I like these birds, but have no idea the name of them. I know they dive deep in the water for fish and they are in the water at Hamilton Bayfront …
Double Crested Cormorant?
On April 26, 2009 I visited High Park in Toronto with my camera I took a picture of a bird I had never seen before. It was a relatively big bird, smaller …
Blue Swedish Duck looking happy to see me!
While photographing birds at a pond in Markham last year this duck came out of the bushes to greet me. Referring to my numerous bird guides I couldn't …
What kind of Water Bird? Not rated yet
Hi there! I'd like to identify this large duckish / kingfishery bird spotted for the first time yesterday on West Humber River Rec Trail. …
More Wood Duck eggs were laid yesterday Not rated yet
More eggs were laid yesterday, April 28, 2016. Mom has not been seen since. Please keep us updated. Did the mother return? Did the eggs …
Mother Wood Duck Not rated yet
We placed a camera in the Wood Duck nest. This is the second lay in this nest this year. I wonder why the mother is not spending any time on them? …
Wood Duck Not rated yet
I have installed 3 Wood Duck nests by Lake St. Clair. They have entered the east box and have brought some grass to go on top of the wood chips, that …
One un-hatched Wood Duck egg! Not rated yet
I have taken the Wood Duck nests down and cleaned them for next year. Found one unhatched egg. Thanks for your report and picture - I guess Wood …
Wood Duck Sunrise over Lake St. Clair Not rated yet
We had 4 breeding pairs of Wood Ducks on our beach this morning. We have 2 breeding pairs in our nest boxes. These two were enjoying the morning …
Blue Heron Not rated yet
A Great Blue Heron looking for supper, in the pond. I will also post this picture on our facebook page .
Belted Kingfishers Not rated yet
I found a pair of mating Belted Kingfishers at a pond near me. They are very smart and I'm having a hard time getting a good picture of them. …
Egrets and Herons Not rated yet
I have been very happy lately to see so many Great Blue Herons and Egrets near Innerkip and Woodstock.
A Funny Duck Not rated yet
We keep seeing this particular bird in a duck pond near our condo here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - any idea what it might be? Yep, that is a Cormorant! …
Canada Geese family Not rated yet
Canada Geese and young ones.
Decision time for Canada Geese Not rated yet
Canada Geese. "To stay, or not to stay, in Georgetown, or fly South, that is the question"
Blue Heron Not rated yet
A Heron wading in the Grand River in early May. Thank you for your lovely picture of this Great Blue Heron, he must be looking for fish!
Visiting Ducks Not rated yet
In an area pond in Markham many ducks are stopping by. These are a few of the ones I was able to photograph. Thanks for sending us your pictures! …
Ducks Stopping By Not rated yet
These are three of eleven different Ducks I was able to photograph on a pond in Markham, Ontario. Thanks for the great pictures!
CANADA GEESE. Not rated yet
Proud Parents - our for a Swim! A Selection of pictures of Canada Geese, Georgetown, Ontario.
Woodduck eggs Not rated yet
Here is a picture of Wood Duck eggs
Nov 18, 19 11:08 AM
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
Nov 18, 19 11:03 AM
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
Nov 18, 19 11:03 AM
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