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!

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.
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!
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 cedar swamps to homogeneous stands of tall pines, find out where and when to listen for your favourite species of owl here in the Nation’s Capital.
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