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!
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!
Fall Warbler Migration Guide - The following warbler graphs are organized from early season to late season. Note that many species share the same peak dates (mid to late August). All eastern Ontario counties are included in the study area. The study period is from 1990-2017 (I made these outputs in 2017). Figure 1: Our earliest season warbler, the Yellow … Continue reading Fall Warbler Migration Guide
Baby Birdies Babbling - Baby Birdies Babbling: By late summer, one may begin to overhear garbled cacophonies of birdsong while out birding. From approximately August through until the following spring, “baby” songbirds “babble” as they take to learning and developing their songs.
Overview of Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Overview of 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 overview of when some of your favourite bird species arrive back en masse to eastern Ontario. Outliers, i.e. “early birds,” surely will occur!
Western Meadowlark Field Mark Checklist - Western Meadowlark Field Mark Checklist In Winter (Basic) Plumage Head Detail Head detail in winter Western Meadowlark (WEME) is key. The lateral crown stripes and post-ocular wedge are typically medium-brown, which contributes to weakened contrast with the adjacent areas of the head. In Eastern Meadowlark (EAME), the lateral crown stripes and post-ocular wedge are quite blackish; … Continue reading Western Meadowlark Field Mark Checklist