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!

The Field Identification of the “Hooded” Juncos - The Field Identification of the “Hooded” Juncos is officially a work-in-progress. I will cover four subspecies in the document; Slate-colored, Cassiar, Oregon (J. h. montaus as well as J. h. shufeldti) and Pink-sided. I managed to glean all my previous references, as well as gather photos that were previously sent by Ontario birders. This will … Continue reading The Field Identification of the “Hooded” Juncos
Winter records of the Red-shouldered Hawk in Eastern Ontario - The following post is a summary of the wintertime records 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.
Happy Holidays! - My wife and I thank you for an amazing 2021 tour year! Thanks for supporting Eastern Ontario Birding! I hope that you learned more about birding in eastern Ontario and had fun while doing so.
How birds stay 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.
“Late” Warbler Appreciation Month! - As the fall colours mature and the days begin to grow cold and weary, birders tend to lose the passion that once was for Passerines, and shift toward new birding horizons. As understandable a paradigm shift this may be, don’t give up on the Songbirds just yet, I say!

Guided bird tours throughout eastern Ontario and beyond!