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With over 473 species to search for, Ontario birding is some of the best in Canada. Whether you are looking for the province bird, the Common Loon, or another beautiful flying creature, Ontario is an ideal choice for birding.
The Common Loon is one of the key birds to look for when birding in Ontario. It is identified as the province bird of Ontario. Unfortunately, acid rain has caused conditions in lakes where loons commonly breed to become unfavorable. This has led to a decline in the number of loons throughout Ontario. Loons excel at diving. Their eyes are able to see as well in the water as they do in the air. They also have the ability to paddle up to two hundred feet below the water's surface. Their primary colors are black, white and gray.
Amherst Island is a popular destination for Ontario birding. It is an ideal spot for seeing owls during the winter months, primarily in December. For those heading out in the spring, Long Point is excellent for seeing the migration of the warblers. There is a bird observatory located there which is a good place to start if you are a beginning bird watcher.
Prince Edward County is an area that attracts many bird watchers. Over three hundred species of birds have been seen in this area alone. It attracts all types of migratory birds because of its location along Lake Ontario. It also boasts a wide variety of landscapes, which adds to the appeal for birds looking to make a temporary home. Guided tours are available throughout the area, and educational classes are given at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. The Bird Observatory takes part in a bird banding program, where an aluminum ring is placed around a bird's leg. Each band is numbered, and key data about the bird is recorded. This allows scientists, both in Canada and internationally, to track the migration of birds with a high level of accuracy.
Point Pelee is another popular place for Ontario birding. It is located on Lake Erie. Known as one of the top 10 birding locations in North America, it is host to large groups of migrating birds in the spring and fall. Warblers and blue jays are seen in massive amounts, and it is even an ideal place to spot monarch butterflies.
Birding in Ontario can be great fun, even for the beginner. Checklists of commonly spotted birds in the area are available at many locations. Although Ontario has some great spots to search for birds, you can participate in birding anywhere in Ontario. Simply grab a field guide and a pair of binoculars and get started. Once you are ready to learn more, join up with one of the many guided tours or bird watching groups located throughout Ontario.
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