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A complete and regularly updated listing of all species that have been observed in our area.


Released in 2007, the second Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas is one of our most  important bird research efforts.


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Other Ontario Birding Links

Ontario Field Ornithologists official website.
The Ontario Bird Records Committee, a panel of experts that reviews rare bird reports for the official provincial record.
OFO's electronic mailing listserv that notifies birders of interesting Ontario bird sightings.
A number of other birding links that may be of interest.

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  • Northern Hawk-owl - Ingram Twp

    Here are a few shots. The shots are back-lit, no blue sky, taken from closer than my last Northern Hawk-owl, and some do show motion. Shortly after I first saw it, 3 Gray Jays showed up to mildly harass it. Even a Hairy Woodpecker came over from the other side of the Highway to add its 2 cent's worth. This critter was off Highway 569, just across...
    Posted to Rare Sightings (Forum) by Serge on 11-21-2015
  • Re: Northern Hawk-owl - Hilda Lake Access Road

    Way to go, Serge. Looks like these were long shots, but a nice action moment on the second shot.
    Posted to Rare Sightings (Forum) by Mike Werner on 11-18-2015
  • Northern Hawk-owl - Hilda Lake Access Road

    I drove up to the lake area on Monday, hoping to pick up my Black-backed Woodpecker. No such luck. I saw BC Chickadees, Pine Grosbeaks, a Ruffed Grouse, a few scattered Snow Buntings, some Common Redpolls, some Ravens, and this fellow, a Northern Hawk-owl.
    Posted to Rare Sightings (Forum) by Serge on 11-18-2015
  • Re: Hooded mergansers

    Yes, most of the small finches, including Goldfinches, Redpolls and Siskins (of there are any around) will be exclusively on wild food for a while yet. This was a reasonably good seed production year for willows and alders this year, so they will probably not start coming to feeders until January. Still Common Mergansers on Lake Timiskaming, lots of...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by Mike Werner on 11-17-2015
  • Hooded mergansers

    Ok..will write this again... lost it the first time. Three hooded mergansers were around yesterday morning...lake was so calm. Saw a loon as well. Had 3 common red-polls and 1 American goldfinch in the birch tree. They ignored the finch feeder. These guys were here on Nov. 10th the first time.. This little flock is hanging together..neat. The...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by birderbabe on 11-17-2015
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