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Local Information

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.


A revolution in bird song id, birdJam loads songs onto the Apple iPodĀ®.  In 15 seconds, you can listen to any of 650 birds in the well-organized playlists.

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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  • Re: Siskin Search Successful

    Yes, it was at Bill's house that we found them. Nice of them to show up at your house, too. Please let us know how long they stick around the area.
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by Mike Werner on 02-20-2017
  • Re: Siskin Search Successful

    Hi Mike.. it was really nice of you, Serge and Mark to drop by. After you left, about 2 hours later, a female hairy came for a visit as did the nuthatches. Today, our visitors and I were trying to get a close up picture of redpolls and in flew a flock of siskins!! Probably the ones you spotted. Were they at Bill's? They stayed only about a couple...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by birderbabe on 02-20-2017
  • Re: Siskin Search Successful

    Just recalling a Siskin moment a few years ago. On Oct 1 2014 a huge flock of at least 200 Siskins passed through Swastika. Some of them landed in the Ash tree in the front yard but wouldn't come to the Niger feeder. I watched them through the day and they seemed to only want to feed on White Cedar cones. They would descend, 50 or so at a time,...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by Mike Leahy on 02-20-2017
  • Re: Siskin Search Successful

    We have had a pair of Siskins on and off for a few weeks, also a pair of Goldfinches. Up to 100 Evening G, 10 Pine G, up to 40 Redpolls etc. White-breasted Nuthatches seem to be popping up here and there. I saw one south of Esker Park last fall and hear there are a pair visiting a feeder just north of that sighting just east of Bidgood Pothole along...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by Mike Leahy on 02-20-2017
  • Siskin Search Successful

    There has been a real paucity of siskins in the district this year. This sometimes abundant winter visitor has been extremely difficult to find since the beginning of 2017, and not just in Timiskaming. They seem to have vacated most of northern Ontario and nothern Quebec this winter. Pine Siskins are one of the "irruptive" finches that can...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by Mike Werner on 02-20-2017
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