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 - Guide to Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario 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 en masse to eastern Ontario. Outliers, i.e. “early birds,” surely will occur!
Eastern Ontario Birding’s Field Tips - Your little book of special moments Throughout your birding journey, I recommend getting in the habit of journaling. EBird provides you with your quantitative data to look back on, and journaling provides you with your qualitative data. Writing down your highlight/special birding moments is a wonderful pastime and brings forth the excitement of the moment, … Continue reading Eastern Ontario Birding’s Field Tips
Gift Certificates with Eastern Ontario Birding - So, you have a birder in the family? Someone always asking you to pull over to the side of the road so that they can photograph a bird? Watching NetFlix all alone while your partner leafs through his/her Sibley Guide? Sounds to me as though it is time you gift them a birding tour!
Mass exodus of waterbirds out of James Bay - Good morning,   Some exciting weather events lately!   A winter storm is hitting James Bay at present. As you’re reading this, it will be snowing in Fort Albany. The system will be pushing east, hurried along by an Arctic front. I’d watch for a loon flight on Sunday morning, along with late-season shorebirds, Brant, … Continue reading Mass exodus of waterbirds out of James Bay
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!
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
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.

Guided bird tours throughout eastern Ontario and beyond!