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Five Bald Eagles

Deb from Hanmer wrote ... My Husband came home all exited telling me to grab my camera. I had no idea what he wanted me to take pictures of but it was ...

Bald Eagle near Hanmer, Ontario

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Ajax Opossum

Amanda wrote to say ... we have had one living in our backyard for years with no problems in residential South Ajax, Ontario.

Ajax Opossum

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The Cheerful Chickadee

In this area of Southern Ontario the Black Capped is the most familiar of the over 50 species of Titmice and Chickadees that live world-wide. They are often found foraging in small flocks of between 12 and 20 birds, throughout woodlands or at back yard bird feeders.

the cheerful chickadee

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Bruce County Wild Peacocks

These were sighted in southern Bruce County along the Ripley Road, we noticed a pair of male peacocks in a corn field in full display.

two beautiful Peacocks in Ontario

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Possums near Kingston

A reader from Odessa sent us this report about their sighting of two possums!

two beautiful opossums caught in a trap

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White Squirrels - Bayshore Village

There are quite a few white Squirrels on the peninsula. I couldn't get close enough to confirm it, but I am told by residents that they have brown eyes, so they are not albino.

The white squirrels in Brechin Ontario during winter

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The Nuthatch

These small, agile, birds prefer to live in woodland however, a few species have adapted to rocky habitats, and we often see them at our bird-feeder in the garden, especially in the winter time.

Nuthatch at the feeder

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The Cardinal

In Canada, one the most distinctly plumed red birds is the Cardinal. Of all the birds in Ontario, this brilliantly coloured bird is so spectacular that it is almost unmistakable. This is one of our non-migratory species so it is around the bird-feeders all year long, and shows up so well against the snow, in the winter time.

The beautiful Cardinal in Ontario during winter

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The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are sometimes seen in the northern hemisphere, including here in Southern Ontario.

Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, in Ontario, Canada

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Collingwood, Ontario

Today, Collingwood is known as a resort town for all seasons, with great skiing, snowmobiling and for its close proximity to Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay. In the days before the arrival of European settlers, this area of Southern Ontario was inhabited by the Iroquoian Petun Nation who built their villages in the area.

Collingwood, Ontario Canada

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The Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl lacks the feathery tufts which characterize many species of Owls, and only has slight evidence of them. The beak is black and is perfectly designed to capture and eat the small mammals which are this birds main food - each bird consumes around 8 - 10 small rodents daily!

Ontario Snowy Owl

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Definite sighting of two Wolves!

We've heard howling and yipping for over 6 months in the late evening or early hours of the morning, but previously always in the distance, this was up close!

Catbird in Canada

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Lake Erie Bald Eagles

Dennis from Merlin, Ontario, asks if anyone knows of Bald Eagles in the Rondeau area?

The beautiful Bald Eagle in Ontario

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Winter in Southern Ontario

Here in Southern Ontario, global warming seems to have had little effect on our winters, apart from making them a little less severe and perhaps not quite so cold as they once were.

We still experience lots of snow during winter in Ontario and most people who live here spend time outdoors enjoying the fresh air.

Winter in Southern Ontario, Canada

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Discover Sarnia Ontario

Sarnia is a border town in Lambton County with Lake Huron to the north and St. Clair River to the west. Originally inhabited by the Attiwandaron Indians, the first wave of immigrants didn’t arrive until the 1830’s, and an oil boom brought much prosperity to the region from the mid 1850’s until about 1921, when industrial workers took over as the primary source of employment.

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

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Bald Eagle on World's longest freshwater beach!

Gerry from Wasaga Beach wrote to say ... I was looking out of my window overlooking Wasaga Beach, when I noticed a larger than usual dark object on one of the small ice chunks. Normally it's just a crow, commonly seen on the beach, or occasionally a turkey vulture.

Bald Eagle Wasaga Beach Ontario

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Mennonites in Ontario

The first time I saw Mennonites was when I came to visit Ontario for the first time, in 1977, it was hard to miss their horse drawn buggies on the country roads around Kitchener. We saw the Old Order Mennonites and Amish in the villages of Elmira and St Jacobs and around Aylmer , and as I was curious I decided to learn what I could about them and their way of life.

Mennonites in Ontario, Menno Simons

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The Village of Elora

Elora, north of Kitchener, Ontario, is a quaint village originally settled in the early 1800's by Scottish pioneers and was later founded in 1832 by Captain Gilkison, who was interested in the town's potential for water power.

The beautiful of Elora in Ontario during winter

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Is this a Wolf?

There is a ravine there with a loose wire fence around it. I actually think I saw 2 different ones in the same area on 2 different days ...

Is this a wolf or coyote, Ontario

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Steed & Company Lavender Farm, Sparta

If you like Lavender you will love their Lavender Harvest time, the lavender is in bloom from mid-June to mid-July and again from the end of August to mid-September. You will find Lavender items for Bed & Bath, for cooking and for your home & garden - so why not plan to visit this summer and enjoy all that Steed & Company Lavender has to offer!

Steed & Company, Sparta, Ontario

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Sparta, Ontario

My hubby and I first discovered the village of Sparta Ontario one afternoon in the 1980's, when we were out for a ride on our motor-cycle - we were young and reckless then!

Sparta Ontario

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Nesting pair of Bald Eagles

Waterloo Region in the Laurel Creek Headwaters ESL. I have been a volunteer wildlife photographer with the liaison group for the ESL since 2009. This is a first time to have a pair of nesting Bald Eagles ...

Bald Eagle in Waterloo Region Ontario

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Dresden, Ontario

The village of Dresden, Ontario, has connections with the Underground Railroad and Slaves, through the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author who wrote the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.

Dresden, Ontario slave silhouette

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The elusive Catbird

Catbirds give the impression of being entirely slate gray, but on closer observation you will see see that these birds have a small black cap, blackish tail, and a brown patch under the tail. The Catbird is a medium-sized Northern American perching bird and is named for its cat-like call.

Cat bird in Ontario

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Bald Eagles in Brigden

Stacey wrote ... Today my husband and I were out on the deck enjoying the beautiful day when out in the back field landed two Bald Eagles. We weren't sure what they were at first, so we went and got the binoculars and spotting scope and sure enough there were two eating a dead Raccoon.

Bald Eagle in Ontario

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Ontario Animals

The White Tailed Deer, Raccoon, Opossum, Flying Squirrel, Chipmunk, Wolf and Coyote, Badger & Beaver ...

Chipmunk in Ontario

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Homeschooling in Ontario

When you are homeschooling in Ontario it is as if you are the Principal of your own private school, you have complete freedom to choose how your children learn, what they learn, and when they learn.

Discover Southern Ontario, homeschooling in Ontario

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Discover Southern Ontario

This area is a great place to call home, as we have great weather - if you like hot summers and cold, crisp winters, and colourful Autumns that will take your breath away!

Discover Southern Ontario, statue of Jumbo the elephant in St Thomas

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Owls in the neighbourhood

These 4 owls have been visiting us since last Friday. The always come at dusk and are hard to get a good picture of.

Owl sighted in Sarnia Ontario

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Ontario Big Cats

Ontario is known to have populations of big cats, Lynx and Bobcat, and the occasional Cougar being sighted, but none of these animals should be seen in the wild in Southern Ontario.

The beautiful Cougar, Ontario

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Owls of Ontario

In Southern Ontario there are several types of Owls, which vary greatly in size, ranging from very small Saw Whet Owl, to the large Great Horned and Great Grey Owl. They are mainly nocturnal, however the Short Eared Owl is often seen during the day, and all species typically have the large eyes and facial disc of their kind, sensitive hearing and in general, are rodent eaters.

The beautiful Great Grey Owl in Ontario during winter

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Fabulous Fall in Ontario

When I think of Canada, I think of fall in Ontario - Autumn here is truly beautiful! Canada is famous for being the "Land of the Maple Leaf" and this leaf is in the middle of our country's flag.

Fall in Ontario

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Unknown Owl in Hamilton

I was jogging with my dog about 6:45am in Hamilton, Ontario, when we encountered this owl-looking species. At first I thought it was a cat, that's how ...

Unknown owl in Hamilton, Ontario

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Bald Eagle sightings across the area

Our readers from St thomas, Goderich, Kirkfield, Wasaga Beach, Tilbury have sighted Eagles ...

Bald Eagles across Ontario

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Big Footprints spotted in Wainfleet

My hand measures about 6 inches long and probably 5 inches wide in this picture ...

Big Footprints spotted in Wainfleet Ontario

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Recycling box Opossum

Oh, he is just a little fella, how cute. Luckily they are cute and harmless, and they eat ticks!

Recycling box Possum Ontario

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Mulmur Hills Peafowl

Bill wrote to tell us ... three wild peacocks came out of our pine bush ...

peacock near Mulmur Ontario

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Harmless Pickering Possum

Around 11:00 am today (July 25, 2020), I was shocked to see one, I think it is a Possum, right inside recycle bin at my door outside here in Pickering!

Harmless Pickering Possum Ontario

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Bird of Prey - Homer Watson Park

Karen wrote to report ... I was walking through Homer Watson Park Kitchener, on the trail by the Grand River. This bird caught my eye. It was sitting in the tree next to the path at a low level. So beautiful!

Bird of prey at Homer Watson Park

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Night time Opossum

Possum eating bird seed out of the feeder ...

Night time visitors in London Ontario

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Peacock near Caledon

Our reader, Nadeem Ausaf, from Richmond Hill, saw this beauty recently ...

peacock near Caledon Ontario

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Indigo Bunting Visitors

Eight of our readers recently wrote to tell us of their sightings of Indigo Buntings ...

The beautiful Indigo Bunting

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Collier Homes, St Thomas, Rick Collier builder of distinction

Collier Homes, Rick Collier has been building homes in the St Thomas area of Southern Ontario for many years and has a reputation for quality construction ...

Collier Homes, houses of distinction

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Thrilled to see an Indigo Bunting!

We're used to seeing Blue Jays in our backyard, but this little bird was nothing like that, so I took a closer look, and quickly looked up the bird online. It was indeed a male Indigo Bunting, and it flew over to our feeder.

Indigo Bunting at the back yard feeder

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Backyard Possums

Ruth from Kitchener spotted a Possum in her backyard!

Possum in the back yard

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Coywolves and Coyotes

Sent in by Tina from Oshawa ...

Coywolf - Coyote hybrid in Ontario

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Coyote Sightings

Readers from Innisfil, Port Colbourne, Caledonia, Guelph, Burlington, Ajax, Brampton have told us of their Coyote sightings ...

More Coyote sightings in Ontario

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The Canada Goose

Many of the Canada Geese here in Ontario, fly south for the winter, but there are some who stay around open water for the whole winter ...

Canada Geese flying south for the winter

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Possum in Kitchener

This Possum came to Ivan's porch!

Opossum in Kitchener Ontario

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