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!

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.
Guide to Fall Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Hi there, Using eBird’s Explore Data — Bar Charts function, I created a variety of graphs, some highlighting frequency of observations, derived from the percentage of birder’s observations of a particular species / all checklists during a specific time frame, and others highlight the total number of individuals tallied during a particular timeframe.
ID: Juvenile Lincoln’s vs. Swamp Sparrow - Identification of juvenile Lincoln’s Sparrow Head: For field ID, the greatest potential analytical weight stems from this region. On Lincoln’s, the crown detail is especially important. The crown is wholly brown to buffy-brown with distinct black streaking throughout. The median crown stripe being poorly-defined, blending, and showing low contrast with, the lateral crown stripes; the … Continue reading ID: Juvenile Lincoln’s vs. Swamp Sparrow
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!
Baby Birdies Babbling - Baby Birdies Babbling: By late summer, one may begin to overhear garbled cacophonies of birdsong while out birding. From approximately August through until the following spring, “baby” songbirds “babble” as they take to learning and developing their songs.
Separating juvenile Lincoln’s from Swamp in the Field - Several summers ago, I made a brief attempt to approach the study of juvenile Lincoln’s vs. Swamp sparrows and noticed that the lore blocked all apparent avenues to field ID success. I sputtered in interest the following summer, and again wound up turned off/disinterested.