Birdwatching Canada

A voice for the northern birds

Birding ON

Ontario Birding Specialties

National & Provincial Bird Common Loon

National & Provincial Bird Common Loon

  • Common loon
  • Canada warbler
  • Spruce grouse
  • Yellow-bellied sapsucker
  • Magnolia warbler
  • Little gull
  • Palm warbler
  • Chestnut-sided warbler
  • Swamp sparrow
  • Bay-breasted warbler
  • Hooded merganser
  • Yellow-rumped warbler
  • Red-eyed vireo
  • Black-backed woodpecker
  • Rusty blackbird
  • Boreal owl
  • Mourning dove
  • Broad-winged hawk
  • American woodcock

Ontario is bordered by Manitoba to the west, Quebec to the east, and the US states of Michigan, New York and Minnesota to the south. Ontario’s borders with the United States are natural – the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. It is bordered by Hudson Bay and James Bay on the north.

The Canadian Shield covers northern Ontario from Lake Superior to the Hudson Bay lowlands. Together the Canadian Shield and the Hudson Bay Lowlands cover 90 percent of the province’s 1,068,580 square kilometres of territory, but are home to only 10 percent of the population, as the land is largely musky wet lands and scrub cover. At its greatest point Ontario is 690 km wide and the longest distance north/south is 1,730 km. The highest point is 693 m above sea level.

The Carolinian forest zone covers most of the south western section. The most well-known geographic feature of this area is Niagara Falls. Point Pelee National Park is a peninsula that extends into Lake Erie and is the southernmost extent of Canada’s mainland.

Ontario contains the five Great Lakes: Superior, Erie, Michigan, Ontario and Huron, which are the world’s largest continuous body of fresh water.

Rare Bird Alert Hotlines

Simcoe County (705) 739-8585
Oshawa (905) 576-2738
Hamilton (905) 648-9537
Ottawa (613) 825-7444
Kingston (613) 549-8023
Sault Ste Marie (705) 256-2790
Timiskaming (705) 679-5030
Toronto & Area (416) 350-3000
Leslie St. Spit (416) 661-6600
London (519) 457-4593
Windsor/Detroit (810) 477-1360
Windsor/Point Pelee (519) 252-2473


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