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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A passing visitor 
I found this guy hanging around in the backyard today, we're located in Acton, Halton Hills, Ontario. Any verification on specific species? A beaut …

Landscape Architect 
Saw this beautiful Hawk at McLennan Park, near Ottawa St South, at 2:30pm on Wednesday, January 6th 2021. Very tame.

50 plus large birds of prey flew over Ajax Ontario  
Sitting in the backyard enjoying lunch at 12:20 October 5th 2020 and there was a shadow that caused me to look up and there had to be 50 to 75 huge birds …

Red tailed hawk eating its prey 
This is so special! This morning on Sunday October 4, 2020 at 10:30 am I looked out of my kitchen window and saw this huge bird swoop by very fast. …

Please help ID this bird 
I saw this bird outside my window around 9:15am. It was flapping around my backyard, trying to catch a squirrel. The squirrel ran into some bushes, …

Please help ID this bird 
I saw this bird outside my window around 9:15am. It was flapping around my backyard, trying to catch a squirrel. The squirrel ran into some bushes, …

Mystery bird of prey  
I heard a screeching call coming from the tall evergreen behind our house, in west end Toronto. I looked out and saw a large bird of prey sitting …

Can't identify this Hawk  
I saw 2 hawks (I think) circling for quite some time on April 27, in the London area over a field. Quite beautiful but unfortunately no photo. …

Prey bird having lunch 
Saw this bird on our back fence in Oakville, Ontario on April 21, 2020. Not sure what it is but it’s eating a Blue Jay.

Large for a bird, small for a bird of prey  
Spotted in my back yard in Cambridge/North Dumfries border. The back is dark slate colour and the breast, neck and head is a very light grey or white …

Possible broad-winged hawk sighting 
I saw this raptor perched high up in a tree in the Maple Hills neighbourhood of Waterloo. Sighting was around 9 am. I believe it's a broad-winged …

Unknown Fledgling 
Saw this beauty near Dunnville, Ontario. Makes and responds to whistling sounds. The nest is on top of a hydro pole and it stayed very close to it's …

A light lunch for a hawk 
Oakville 2017, spotted 2018

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. …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

Unknown Bird of Prey 
This bird was flying in circles over the pond at Bruce Pit in Nepean (Ottawa ON) at around 3 PM on August 28 2020. I would appreciate help identifying …

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 …

Bald Eagle on the Maitland River Not rated yet
There are two Eagle nests within 5 miles of my home on the Maitland River. I often see Eagles flying along the river behind my home. On December …

Cooper's or Sharp Shinned Hawk? Not rated yet
I live in southern Ontario, near Windsor. I noticed this hawk on my fence targeting sparrows in December 2020. The bird is about twice the …

What kind is this? Not rated yet
We saw this bird of prey sitting calmly by Wilket Creek in the middle of the day in Toronto.

One, two, THREE Not rated yet
Went kayaking today, made a few friends, July 12 2020. Mountsberg Conservation Area, Just off the 401 in Milton/Hamilton.

Red head vulture Not rated yet
It is sitting in a tall pine tree, very camouflaged. We have not seen it before and we have lived here for 17 years. This was July 10th, 7:00 pm. …

Hawk stealing nest Not rated yet
I took this picture of this gorgeous bird as it was being attacked by 10 other birds. Suddenly it jumped into the tree and flew away with a nest of …

That wingspan tho Not rated yet
I'm not sure what this awe inspiring bird was! It seemed a lot larger than the red tailed hawks I'm used to seeing. Around 11am on April 25th, I spotted …

Possible Red Tailed Hawk? Not rated yet
Spotted on our morning walk in Cambridge, Ontario, around Townline Road. April 21, at about 7:30 am, 1 degree Celsius and a bit windy. Unfortunately …

Unknown bird Not rated yet
This huge bird of prey swooped down to have a sleep on a branch in our backyard in Barrie. Would like to know what kind of bird it is.

Eagles in Milton Ontario Not rated yet
When I lived in Milton, big birds of prey are seen often like various hawks and Turkey Vultures are plentiful. This bugger tried to take my Yorkie …

Need help identifying in Hamilton, Ontario Not rated yet
I see these two almost every day at work on my lunch break. There are a few large old trees they seem to perch in and there is an empty field right …

Fox being chased by unknown Raptor on the beach Not rated yet
This was captured on a security live cam near Port Burwell, Ontario. The video shows a fox being chased away from the beach area by a bird of prey. …

Hawk Not rated yet
What type of bird is this? Thanks for sending your picture of this hawk. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm sure someone on here will be able to identify …

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 …

Young bird in Paisley Ontario  Not rated yet
Can anyone help us to identify this juvenile bird? We found it walking around our backyard on Sunday August 12. It was very hungry, loved …

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 …

Unknown Bird of Prey Not rated yet
Last year I was vacationing in the Muskoka/Township of Georgian Bay area at Go Home Lake when I saw a huge bird of prey fly by the edge of the lake in …

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Birds of Prey Not rated yet
We live in the southwest corner of Toronto, a solid golf shot from the Lake, and have plenty of birds in the area, including spottings of peregrines and …

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 …

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 …

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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.

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 …

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