Eastern Ontario Birding

Birding tours throughout beautiful, bird-rich eastern Ontario. My mission is to provide you with a friendly, informative and professional field birding experience.

Heron flight calls - Late summer is a wonderful time of year to enjoy herons. Sometimes, herons are seen flying over, at dusk, belting out their unique, throaty call as they pass overhead. Below I share sound clips of the flight calls of eastern NA herons.
Philadelphia vs. Warbling Vireo - Philadelphia and Warbling Vireos can be quite similar in appearance. This identification challenge is not necessarily straightforward, most esp. when dealing with these two species flitting about in green, leafy vegetation on a sunny day!
Colour misconception: sunshine filtered through green leaves - Sunshine filtering through green leaves of both forest canopy and leafy undergrowth can ‘alter’ the true color of a bird’s plumage. This is especially true of whites, which can turn yellowish, and light greens and browns, which can increase in perceived saturation.
Guide to Fall Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Hi there, Using eBird’s Explore Data — Bar Charts function, I created a variety of graphs, some highlighting frequency of observations, derived from the percentage of observations of a particular species / all checklists during a specific time frame, and others highlight the total number of individuals tallied during a specific time frame.
Separating juvenile Lincoln’s from Swamp in the Field - Several summer’s ago, I made a brief attempt to approach the study of juvenile Lincoln’s vs. Swamp sparrows, and noticed that all apparent avenues to field ID success were blocked by the lore. I sputtered in interest the following summer, and again wound up turned off/disinterested.
Shorebirding sites in the west end of Ottawa - The EOB group found an adult Red-necked Phalarope at the Embrun Sewage Lagoons today; hopefully a harbinger of a season of rarities for our group! This was the first time to juices flowed in many weeks, and I must admit, my pupils are still dilated! 🙂
Purple Finch “vireo song” - From late summer, through to the following spring, Purple Finch can sing a confusing rendition of their song. The flow to their sweet, melodious song is chopped, and what can be heard are brief spurts of notes followed by pauses.
Bay-breasted vs. Blackpoll Warblers in Fall - This web article covers some of the less-discussed and generally more subtle field marks to keep an eye out for when you encounter a Bay-breasted/Blackpoll in the field this fall.