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!
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.
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.
Tutorial Series with Eastern Ontario Birding- Hi, Eastern Ontario birders! I am happy to announce that I will be running a Tutorial Series in 2020. The series would be taking place from January to April, and from August to November. See below for more of the preliminary details 🙂
Juvenile Northern Goshawk ID note/study photo- Quite a lightly-marked (also possibly springtime-faded) juvenile goshawk, one of which somewhat superficially resembles a Cooper’s Hawk in body plumage. GISS-based assessment is perhaps the best approach for this tricky individual.
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 stands of cedars rimming swamps to homogeneous stands of conifers, find out where and when to listen for your favourite species of owl here in the Nation’s Capital.
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!
Lazuli Bunting details (print-out)- Lazuli Bunting details (PDF)
Spring Migration in Eastern Ontario- Believe it or not, but we are only 4-5 weeks away from the usual arrival time of our first springtime migrants here in eastern Ontario! The passage of a warm air mass in late-February usually coincides with the arrival of blackbirds, such as Red-winged Blackbird and Common Grackle.