Welcome to Eastern Ontario Birding. My name is Jon Ruddy and I am an Ottawa-based field birder/freelance birding guide, specializing in birding tours throughout eastern Ontario. I have birding outings fit for all levels of birders, from beginner to expert. I first became interested in birds while studying under the tutelage of  Carleton University professor and naturalist, Michael Runtz.  From 2012-2014, I worked as a field biologist, conducting bird surveys in southern Ontario, southern James Bay, and throughout Manitoba and the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley. Throughout that same time period, I have led walks for both the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club (OFNC), Macnamara Field-Naturalists’ Club (MFNC), and Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO). I have since found that I derive no greater pleasure than seeing birders light up as they observe interesting bird behaviour, a particular species for the first time, and/or admire beautiful plumage details.  I am a keen student of the birds of eastern Ontario and relish the challenges of bird identification (both by sight and sound). I really enjoy reading older texts in search of fascinating tidbits about bird behaviour, migration, breeding biology and general avian natural history.  While in the field, I take every opportunity to share the information I have learned through study. Expect in-field and out-of-field consultation, identification tips and PDF’s pertaining to all aspects of eastern Ontario field birding. As soon as a birder becomes a client, they are included in the group emails I share with clients containing tidbits about migration timing, where and when to see certain birds, and all sorts of field craft tips.

Personality Type: INFP

Birthdate: May 9, 1985

Interests: Reading about birds (especially older texts), building my birding library, studying bird songs and calls, religious studies, Formula 1 Auto Racing, road running, trail running, hiking, fishing, cooking, local dining, travel and making lists.

Strengths: Intuitive, open-minded and understanding

Weaknesses: A bit too idealistic, and sometimes tardy 😉

A good night out: Dinner and movie with friends

A good night in: Reading about birds with my dog by my side 🙂

Likes: Goodwill toward others and creative expression

Guiltiest pleasures: The Bachelor and YouTube Vine compilations

Favourite movie director: Stanley Kubrick

Favourite artwork: Romanticism and Victorian

Instrument of choice: Acoustic guitar

Favourite food groups: Seafood and Italian

Coffee: Dark roast with a touch of cream

Pet: A Schnorkie named “Howie.”

Favourite bird: Yellow-throated Vireo

Strongest bird groups: Raptors & Sparrows

Weakest bird group: Gulls and Seabirds


The Outing Schedule page details upcoming trip information. Please click the following link for Complete Outing Information


The Library page is for those who love to read about the identification and natural history of birds.  I have included the articles that I have either fully read or am currently reading.

The Testimonials page is where you’ll find out what clients are saying about Eastern Ontario Birding.

The Contact page includes all of my contact details.

The fee for field outings is $ 40.00 for a half day outing (4 hours) and $ 70.00 for a full day outing (7.5 hours with 0.5 hr scheduled for snacks and lunch).

Private tours throughout eastern Ontario are also available. Please contact me by email for availability and more information.