WILD BIRDS IN ONTARIO

Because of the number of bird species in this section of "Wild Birds in Ontario" we have decided to make finding these birds easier for our readers.

We have therefore, divided them into easier-to-find groups and will be soon adding to the information available.

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.

The great thing about observing birds is that it can be enjoyed by young and old alike, it costs very little - binoculars and a Bird Book, and can be enjoyed year-round, and may start a love of Nature that will last a life-time.

So, if you are a parent or grandparent who wants to spend more time with the young people in your family, consider encouraging your family to join you in enjoying the beautiful wild birds in Ontario!

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BACKYARD BIRDS will take you to information about the Robin, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Chickadee, Eastern Kingbird, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Nuthatch and the Pileated Woodpecker, Purple Finch, Purple Martin, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Red Winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Cow-birds, Baltimore Orioles, Carolina Wrens, House Wrens, Yellow Throated Vireo, Eastern Bluebirds.

Backyard Birds - main page information



OWLS will take you to information about various Owls of Southern Ontario, including the Short Eared Owl, Long Eared Owl, Snowy Owl, Great Grey Owl, Great Horned Owl and Northern Saw-whet Owl, Screech Owl.

Owls in Ontario



RAPTORS AND VULTURES will take you to info about the Red Tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, and Turkey Vulture.

Birds of Prey in Ontario



WATERFOWL AND SHORE BIRDS will take you to information about the Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Teal, Bufflehead, Tundra Swan, Blue Heron and the Killdeer.

Ontario Waterfowl



GAME BIRDS including the Canada Goose, Mallard, Woodcock, Snipe and Wild Turkey

Ontario Game Birds


WOODPECKERS including the Pileated Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker and the Flicker.



ELUSIVE BIRDS -these are some birds that I don't often see, including the Grey Catbird, the Eastern Bluebird, the Kingfisher, Kingbird, Shrike and Indigo Bunting.

I just found a wonderful website that gives lots of information about North American Birds and how to attract them to your backyard. You can find out what kind of food to use to attract a particular bird, how to provide the right kind of plants and shrubs and lots of other interesting facts for bird lovers. Be sure to check out "A Home for Wild Birds" website.


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During the building of this site I have often needed specific pictures to
complete my work and have compiled a list of
on-line resources showing many
Canadian Wildlife Photos.


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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 …

Pretty Poser 
I was on my patio one morning and this bird flying past got my attention. There, atop a cement pillar landed the most odd looking feathered friend. …

I've never seen a bird like this 
I live in Guelph and was very fortunate to see this bird. Can you tell me what it is? Hello Angie, I'm not an expert, but to me that looks like …

Wild Bird Video 
It was fun watching this flock flying around. Bird Video Thanks Miro, I love watching birds when they fly like this!

Bird with Gray back, head and white chest 
I live in Goderich Ontario. I have a pine tree just outside my apartment. I am fortunate to have many birds visit in the winter and I feed them. Recently …

Kitchener Birdwatching 
I am an avid bird watcher and am visiting Kitchener, Ontario, for the next 10 days on business. I am from Nova Scotia and would love the opportunity …

Is this a Warbler? If so what kind? 
I got involved in photographing birds a couple of years ago and I'm still stumped with this one even with numerous field guides. My guess is a warbler, …

Unknown Bird in Neighbourhood 
Hi - I was wondering if someone could identify a bird that is in our neighbourhood and is stumping all of us. It has a loud call, i.e. three short …

Indigo Bunting 
If I had a bucket list for birds I'd love to see and photograph, two of those birds would be the Scarlet Tanager and the Indigo Bunting. Last week while …

Blackburnian Warbler 
Photographed May 12/2012 in Markham Ontario. What a lovely picture Alexis, this is beautiful - I didn't even know there was a Blackburnian Warbler! …

Spring-time Warblers in Markham 
Photographed during April and May 2012 in Markham Ontario. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better - here are more beautiful pictures from Alexis! …

Can someone tell me what bird this is? 
I found this bird at the Humber Arboretum in Toronto. Kindly let me know if you can tell me what bird this is. Our readers may know what this …

Show time! 
Air Show over Georgetown, Ontario.

Unknown Bird in London 
An update on this mystery bird, Judd says ..... When I asked for help identifying the birds feeding at my juniper tree I mis-spoke about the white stripe …

Identify this bird 
I was just wandering Scarborough Bluffs in Ontario when I came across this odd looking bird. It was still when I was pulling out my phone to take a …

A chance sighting 
On April 26, 2011, in Kitchener, Ontario, I was walking down a path in my residential neighborhood. This path is beside a small stream near a small …

Pure white round bird 
Sherrie, one of our readers, asks for help to identify a bird she has observed near her home, she asks ..... Hello, I am just seeing if you could help …

Fishing with a buddy 
We were fishing just south of Lake Nippissing. This raptor flew over us and landed on this tree. Is it an immature Bald Eagle or a Golden Eagle? …

name this bird 
I recently met up with this bird at my local Humane Society in Niagara Falls. He was later brought out to the wild and set free. He didn't like us …

Need help identifying a bird seen in Parry Sound area 
Angela, one of our readers, sent us this report of her sighting of a mystery bird - My family and I were camping at Killbear Provincial Park this summer …

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 …

Name that bird! 
Tawny, one of our readers from Brantford, Ontario, sent us these pictures of birds that she has seen and would like help to identify - I need to know the …

Tweety Bird 
Dave, one of our readers from Peterborough, Ontario, asks about a bird he would like to identify - I came home from work this morning and was siting out …

Does anyone recognize this bird? 
Does anyone know what this bird is? It comes to our bird-feeder. Could it be a Purple House Finch?

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Can anyone identify this bird? 
Observed in North Bay, Ontario, this bird is one I would like to identify.

Outside my window 
Calling all Birdwatchers - one of our readers spotted this bird, she says - I just saw this one outside my window really busy with it's beak pecking …

Can someone help? 
Bonnie, one of our readers from Windsor, Ontario, has a question for the Birdwatchers among our readers - Well, Spring is here, the Robins are back and …

Pure White Bird 
I live in Southwestern Ontario near Woodstock. We had a pure white bird at our bird feeder this morning. It was a little bigger than a finch. I have never …

Accidental Sighting 
I work for the municipality of Bluewater in Ontario, right next to the infamous Gold Coast of Lake Huron. I was plowing the snow off the narrow sideroad …

Can anyone identify this bird? 
This pretty bird has been coming to my back yard and feeder for a couple of days now. I am not sure what it is! Does anyone here know what kind of bird …

What are these - Sandhill Cranes? 
We were biking along Thurstonia Road in Dunsford, Ontario when we saw these two birds feeding in a farmers field. Can you please let us know what they …

Bird Nest Maintenance. 
I have a question about three bird's nests in our garden. They where occupied during the summer by the lowly Sparrows, and my question is, do I clean …

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Hi - I recently have put a feeder up and I have seen some interesting birds. I'm having trouble identifying this one. Perhaps one of our readers …

Mother Starling lays four eggs Not rated yet
We placed a camera in a starling's nest. Hope to see the babies soon!

Common Flicker Not rated yet
I have seen this beautiful bird in my backyard and assume it is passing through as it is not common around this area. Thank you for your picture, Joanna. …

Male Cardinal downtown Toronto Not rated yet
I was walking home from work at dusk on March 12th, 2015 when I heard a bird singing at the top of its lungs. The male Cardinal was at the very top …

What is it? Not rated yet
A female and offspring have appeared in my yard, they are the size of doves, grey brown in colour, with long bill. They have a red patch on the back …

Piping Plover - North Mississauga Not rated yet
Piping Plover can be spotted on the north/west intersection at Hurontario Road and Derry Road in the field made up of mostly gravel. They continue …

Pileated Woodpecker Not rated yet
I found this gorgeous Pileated Woodpecker on Mother's Day (2014) just behind my house in the Hungry Hollow Ravine (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada). …

Bird sighting Not rated yet
While babysitting my great niece in Waterloo I noticed a bird diving in a small pond behind her house. At first glance it looked like a seagull but …

White pigeon with dark grey/black tip on tail Not rated yet
This white pigeon has been spending the last two weeks with us. We live in the country and it has been hanging around with our ducks and poultry. …

Eastern Blue Bird Not rated yet
I was pretty amazed to see this strange bird today. First I just saw the blue colour and thought it was another typical Blue Jay, then I thought it …

Eastern Bluebirds and Indigo Buntings Not rated yet
Owen Sound surrounding area of Balmy Beach specifically Indian Acres Road is where I would see both Eastern Bluebirds and Indigo Buntings. The four …

Cedar Waxwings Not rated yet
I live in Collingwood on Georgian Bay and this morning November 7th I spotted a flock of birds in a tree opposite my house. On closer inspection realized …

Never seen this bird before Not rated yet
September 7, 2012. I saw two of these briefly, today, as I walked out the back door. Turns out my mother, who lives across the road, saw them yesterday, …

Bird in a tree Not rated yet
I am wondering if anyone knows what kind of bird this is. I saw it outside of Cambridge, Ontario, sitting atop an evergreen tree last week. I'm …

Red headed bird Not rated yet
We have a bird coming to our Oriole feeder with a reddish head. It looks like a Purple Finch only bigger, almost double in size - loves this feeder …

Various Warblers Not rated yet
All Photographed in May 2012 in Markham Ontario. Thank you so much for your pictures, they are so beautiful, and I know our readers will enjoy them! …

Warblers in Markham Not rated yet
Some Warblers photographed during May 2012 in Markham, Ontario. Thanks again for your delightful pictures of Warblers, they are charming! Thank you …

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Migratory Birds Not rated yet
A readers sent us this question - I don't have a story to tell, but I am wondering how all the windmills being put up around Lake Erie,(Kent County especially), …

Strange Noise! Not rated yet
3am - heard a strange high pitched screech "mia mia mia mia mia" followed by a low hollow "kronk kronk kronk kronk". Raven?? Would love to know. …

That huge bird in Bradford Not rated yet
Hey There, I was just looking up on Internet what that huge bird I just saw on the side of the road could be when I saw this post..... I have just moved …

Favourite Birds Not rated yet
The sight any of these beautiful creatures brightens the dullest of days. Marinus Thank you so much for these, and all the other lovely …

Bird in my backyard Not rated yet
I haven't seen this bird at my feeders before. Hi - thanks for the picture - I'm not sure, but this is probably some kind of Sparrow, could it be a …

Dinner date Not rated yet
This pair of Cardinals are daily visitors to my feeders, but I've never seen them at the same feeder at the same time. And they were willing to pose …

Feeding the Birds at Lamiones Point Not rated yet
My boyfriend and I were out for a walk with our dog, Teegan, at the Conservation Area here in Kingston, Ontario. We had taken bird feed with us so, …

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If you are interested in other Wild birds in Ontario, check out the following sites for more information.

Wild Birds North Site - feeders for Wild Birds in Ontario
Bird feeders, Bird houses and Back yard decor

Ontario Field Ornithologists
You'll find lots of information for those interested in wild birds in Ontario

Long Point Bird Observatory
Information on the work of the Birders at Long Point including figures on wild birds (les oiseaux sauvages)spotted in that area

Bird Studies Canada - les oiseaux sauvages
Lots of Links to information on Wild Birds in Ontario and to Worldwide Birding

Turkey Vultures
These essential birds are common in Southern Ontario during the summer, and can be seen circling overhead as they search for food or glide higher on the thermals

St Thomas Field Naturalists
Up to date information about their Wednesday Evening Spring Walks in the area

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