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!

Eastern Shorebird Flight Calls - Hi everyone, Below I share sound clips of the flight calls of eastern shorebirds. All sound clips are available via xenocanto. A written description, taken from those described in the Sibley Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, of the call will also be included.
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!
NEW service: Field-birding Webinars - Online field-birding webinars with Eastern Ontario Birding! I am excited to unveil this new and exciting service; EOB’s online field-birding webinars! Over a series of webinars, I will provide field-birding insights, facilitate ID discussion of difficult bird groups such as shorebirds, overview where-and-when to see certain birds, optical equipment and birding techniques, and discuss birding … Continue reading NEW service: Field-birding Webinars
Peak songbird migration in Ottawa - Tuesday, August 25: Today, we will enjoy peak fall songbird migration in Ottawa. Post-breeding dispersal will have taken place, meaning there will be an impressive scattering of bird varieties throughout, mingling with thousands of fall migrants from points further north. At this time of year, over 20 species of warblers can be observed in Ottawa. … Continue reading Peak songbird migration in Ottawa
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.
Yellow-throated Vireo in Renfrew County - Photo: Yellow-throated Vireo located at 2525–2599 Russett Dr, McNab/Braeside CA-ON 45.43879, -76.50505, Renfrew County. 29 June 2020.
“Experts” make mistakes, too - When I first started my birding journey in February 2011, I found the mastering of the Art and Science of field birding to be an absolutely daunting task! Fast forward 9 years, and I am now a professional birding guide and a lot less worrisome and wary in the field, but I still show great … Continue reading “Experts” make mistakes, too
Private tours in June and July - Eastern Ontario Birders: Firstly, thank you for your interest in private tours! It’s nice to be busy again and nice to be out in the field, enjoying birds together. Private tours have been lovely, and, so far so good re: logistics.