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!
Private tour information - Private Tours with Eastern Ontario Birding Ever wanted the guide all to yourselves? Well, now you have the opportunity! I will be providing private tours from July through to December of 2021. Private tours are available on a first come-first served basis.
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 partner leafs through his/her Sibley Guide? Sounds to me as though it is time you gift them a birding tour!
Eastern Shorebird Flight Calls - Hi everyone, Below I share sound clips of the flight calls of eastern shorebirds. All sound clips are available via xenocanto. A written description, taken from those described in the Sibley Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, of the call will also be included.
Philadelphia vs. Warbling Vireo - Philadelphia and Warbling Vireos can be quite similar in appearance. This identification challenge is not necessarily straightforward, most especially when dealing with these two species flitting about in green, leafy vegetation on a sunny day!
“Looking” at Similar Songs - Learning birdsong can be quite a challenge. For some, mnemonics work quite well, for example, the commonly-heard sweet-sweet-shredded wheat of a Yellow Warbler as it sings from a roadside thicket. For others (myself included) visualization is perhaps the essential element to learning each song and getting them glued to the memory bank.