Eastern Ontario Birding

Welcome to Eastern Ontario Birding. My name is Jon Ruddy, and I am an Ottawa-based freelance birding guide, specializing in birding tours throughout eastern Ontario. I have birding outings fit for all levels of birders, from beginner to expert.  For a list of up-coming regularly schedule outings, as well as my Private Tour availability, please visit my Outing Schedule. I hope you enjoy the site!

Ottawa: Gyrfalcon- It appears as though the adult grey morph first seen in Ottawa, Ontario by Tony Beck and Nina Stavlund in early December, and once again seen on Christmas day, continues. A birder sent this image into the OFNC sightings line and it was forwarded over to (lucky) me.
Northern Shrikes wintering in Eastern Ontario- Northern Shrikes are now in eastern Ontario in good numbers. While birding in Prince Edward County the other day, I saw three Northern Shrikes. Keep an eye out for them in open scrubby habitats, perched at the tip of trees along field edges, and perched near feeder set-ups.
Leucistic Long-tailed Duck at Sandbanks Park- Earlier today (30 November 2018) I was very surprised to find this leucistic female-type Long-tailed Duck at Sandbanks Provincial Park. I was viewing the raft of Long-tails from County Road 12, approx 150 m E of Hyatt Ln.
Gift Certificates with Eastern Ontario Birding- So, you have a birder in the family? Someone always asking you to pull over to the side of the road so that they can photograph a bird? Watching NetFlix all alone while your spouse reads his/her Sibley Guide? Sounds to me as though it is time to send them on a birding tour!
Gulls at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre- Since the fall of 2015, I have visited the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre, near Pembroke, ON, and studied gulls. In total, I have paid the site ten visits during the fall/early-winter birding season.
Fall birding in Prince Edward County- On Monday, October 29th, while browsing Windy.com and Tropicaltidbits, I decided that it’d be a good idea to head to the south shore of Prince Edward County in search of “Big Game” birds; i.e. fall rarities.
Peregrine Falcon hunting a Merlin- This morning (18 October 2018) I witnessed a breathtaking, long-winded chase overtop the crashing waves of the Ottawa River. I was viewing from near the lighthouse at Dick Bell Park. For nearly one minute (estimate) a juvenile Peregrine Falcon was slicing and dicing its way ever closer toward a succulent meal…
Fall/Winter birding tip- Early in the morning, especially after a particularly cold night, it’s a good idea to check southeast-facing tree lines, especially those consisting of conifers, for hawks and owls keeping clear of the wind and sunning themselves in the morning sun.