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!
COVID-19 & EOB’s approach to tours - Hi everyone, I will be continuing on with Field Trips, however, a few changes will be taking place in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
Bird Nerd’s Guide to Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Using eBird’s Explore Data — Bar Charts, I created graphs highlighting each species’ frequency of observations. eBird describes “Frequency” as the percentage of checklists that report a species within a specified date range and region. It is the most common way of displaying the eBird data and provides a good idea of relative occurrence and seasonal timing.
Guide to Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Eastern Ontario birders: As winter gives way to spring, our bird-nerd minds cannot help but begin to daydream about the wonderful birding days soon to come! Here’s a rough guide as to when some of your favourite bird species arrive back to eastern Ontario.
Following birds’ glances - Birds are very alert animals. They very often see and hear other birds before you do. This is especially true of bird groups which happen to be favoured items on another birdies take-out menu!
Where and when to hear a “Hoot” in the National Capital Region! - The Ottawa area is home to five breeding species of owl. Come March, most of these species’ “hoots” can be heard from roadsides. From dense cedar swamps to homogeneous stands of tall pines, find out where and when to listen for your favourite species of owl here in the Nation’s Capital.
Staying warm in the extreme cold! - As winter weather sets in all throughout eastern Ontario, backyard birdwatchers may peer outside and see little “fluffballs” resting on branches. You’re bearing witness to one of their cold-weather survival strategies.
Discount Packages - Eastern Ontario Birders: I’m really looking forward to the 2020 birding year! Below are the prices for the Customer Appreciation Discount Packages.
“Traill’s” Flycatcher in Greenland - Photos: Traill’s Flycatcher. Lars Witting. 6 October 2019.