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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
including the Canada Goose, Mallard, Woodcock, Snipe and Wild Turkey
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
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"
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.
Do you have a favourite bird?
Do you have a great story about your favourite wild Ontario birds? Are there wild birds coming to your yard or garden?
Do you feed the birds in the Winter? Have you seen a rare bird lately?
We invite you to share your stories and pictures with our readers!
What Other Visitors Have Said
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Can anyone help identify Not rated yet
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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), …
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.
Thank you so much for these, and all the other lovely pictures …
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
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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