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A wealth of local bird information at your fingertips! Visit Timiskaming Birds for species checklists, Timiskaming hotsopts, and much more.  Content is updated regularly, so visit often.

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: Wood Ducks, Cackling Geese - Hill's Lake

    awesome list nice to get a positive id on the cackling. great job I am going to try and get out there this weekend.
    Posted to First Sightings (Forum) by murph on 04-17-2014
  • Wood Ducks, Cackling Geese - Hill's Lake

    This evening after work, I took a run out to Hill's Lake. Here's what was present: Cackling Geese - The best size comparisons I've ever had. Many were in close proximity to Mallards, both in water and standing or sitting on shore. These were small geese, about the size of Snow Geese, if even that big. They were still visibly larger than...
    Posted to First Sightings (Forum) by Mike Werner on 04-16-2014
  • Re: What counts as an "observation" for you?

    You're right Mike! I was thinking from the inside of my world! The other day I hit a crossbill with the car. I could not identify it when it was alive. It counted on my list because I identified it dead but saw it as a live bird just before. I would do the same with a bird that hit a window, except if it's a life bird for my list . ebird is...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by joe_frechette on 04-16-2014
  • Re: What counts as an "observation" for you?

    Hi Jonathan. Thanks for your answer. As you can tell, my question is trying to make a distinction between when you would report something, and when you would add it to a personal sightings tally. Of course, ALL detections, however made and however unusual the circumstances, are always worth reporting for the sake of having the information documented...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by Mike Werner on 04-16-2014
  • Re: What counts as an "observation" for you?

    The queston is "What would you count as an " observation " that you would log as a personal sighting record?" Basically, my first answer would be that every single bird deserves to be reported, the only thing that will change is the way to report it. 1. If the bird was found dead at roadside, and you did not see it prior to death...
    Posted to General Bird Talk (Forum) by joe_frechette on 04-15-2014
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