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!
Chestnut-sided Warblers in song: more than meets the ear - This is a re-upload of an article I wrote in 2016: Birdsong is a fascinating study subject and living in this ‘day and age’ when one can step outside, record a bird in song with their smartphone, step back inside, upload the recording to their computer and analyze the recording via spectrograms (such as those … Continue reading Chestnut-sided Warblers in song: more than meets the ear
Differentiating the Trilling Songsters - Below, I will attempt to highlight the differences between the trilling songsters most commonly encountered here in eastern Ontario! I hope you enjoy this segment 🙂
Overview of Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Overview of Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario 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 overview of when some of your favourite bird species arrive back en masse to eastern Ontario. Outliers, i.e. “early birds,” surely will occur!
Winter records of the Red-shouldered Hawk in Eastern Ontario - The following post is a summary of the wintertime records (as 6 February 2023) of Red-shouldered Hawk (RSHA) in eastern Ontario; the winter birding season extends from December 1st to February 28th. The data used is available on eBird.
Western Meadowlark Field Mark Checklist - Western Meadowlark Field Mark Checklist In Winter (Basic) Plumage Head Detail Head detail in winter Western Meadowlark (WEME) is key. The lateral crown stripes and post-ocular wedge are typically medium-brown, which contributes to weakened contrast with the adjacent areas of the head. In Eastern Meadowlark (EAME), the lateral crown stripes and post-ocular wedge are quite blackish; … Continue reading Western Meadowlark Field Mark Checklist