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!

October Hot Streak! - G’day This morning, I couldn’t help but think about the apparent hot streak I happen to be experiencing while in the field. Quite a few rarities, and quite a few noteworthy encounters. I decided to list them, in order of rarity per historical sightings in eastern Ontario, below. Over the next few days, I’ll be … Continue reading October Hot Streak!
“Late” Warbler Appreciation Month! - As the fall colours mature and the days begin to grow cold and weary, birders tend to lose the passion that once was for Passerines, and shift toward new birding horizons. As understandable a paradigm shift this may be, don’t give up on the Songbirds just yet, I say!
Fall Warbler Migration Guide - The following warbler graphs are organized from early season to late season. Note that many species share the same peak dates (mid to late August). All eastern Ontario counties are included in the study area. The study period is from 1990-2017 (I made these outputs in 2017). Figure 1: Our earliest season warbler, the Yellow … Continue reading Fall Warbler Migration Guide
Bay-breasted vs. Blackpoll Warblers in Fall - This web article covers some of the less-discussed and more subtle field marks to keep an eye out for when you encounter a Bay-breasted/Blackpoll in the field this fall.
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!

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