Golden Eagle  ( Aigle royal )      This species is of special interest to Timiskaming birders.    All sightings should be documented and reported.

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Aquila chrysaetos

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General Notes

In Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources has designated this species as Endangered, though it is not considered to be at risk nationally.  Recent reports from Ontario indicate that only about six pairs nest in the far northern part of the province, not necessarily all in any given year. Monitoring of this small population poses difficulties because of the remoteness of the nest sites. Migration counts suggest that populations may be increasing in northeastern Canada. For example, over 200 Golden Eagles have been observed at major "hawk watch" points in southern Ontario. The precise origins of these birds are unknown.

This eagle usually constructs a large stick nest on a cliff ledge. However, it occasionally nests in trees, and, in the far north, will nest directly on the tundra.

Abundance: Rare Earliest observed:  

Typical spring arrival:

Feb. 13

Typical fall arrival:

Aug. 29
Breeding Status: Migrant Latest observed:  

Typical spring departure:

May 21

Typical fall departure:

Dec. 10

Documented Observations



April 13, 1998. One observed in Gowganda by Gertrude Trudel.

April 3, 2008. One immature observed over "Mission Point" on Lake Timiskaming, (opposite the narrows south of Ville-Marie, QC) by Jonathan Frechette.