About

Welcome to Eastern Ontario Birding!

My name is Jon Ruddy, and I am an Ottawa-based professional birding guide and Kowa Sporting Optics pro staff member. I specialize in birding tours throughout eastern Ontario. The year 2022 marks my seventh year as a professional bird guide, and I continue to fall more in love with birds with each passing day. I am a real bird nerd at heart. I enjoy reading older texts in search of fascinating tidbits about bird behaviour, migration, breeding biology and general avian natural history. While in the field, I take every opportunity to share the information I have learned through study. Before the inception of Eastern Ontario Birding, I worked as a field ornithologist. I have conducted bird surveys in eastern Ontario, southern Ontario, James Bay,  the Okanagan Valley and throughout Manitoba. Throughout that same timeframe, I led bird hikes for both the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club (OFNC), Macnamara Field-Naturalists’ Club (MFNC), and Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO). I found that I derive no greater pleasure than seeing birders light up as they observe interesting bird behaviour, a particular species for the first time, or admire beautiful plumage details. As soon as a birder becomes a client, they are included in the group emails which I regularly share with clients.

To read what clients are saying about their experience with Eastern Ontario Birding, please view the Testimonials page!

Good birding and happy trails in 2022,

Jon

Photo: Eastern Ontario Birding’s logo.

Photo: Scanning a lake for waterfowl. Fall 2020.

Photo: My wife and I vacationing at Sandbanks Provincial Park along Lake Ontario during the summer of 2022.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Saturday: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday & Monday: Closed.

Employees: 1 (Owner and Field Guide, Jon Ruddy)

Contact Information/Social Media

Jon Ruddy

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

(613) 558-6821

eontbird@gmail.com

Facebook Business Page

eBird Profile

Facebook Eastern Ontario Birding Photography Group

More About Me/Personality Profile

Interview with CTV News: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2221843&jwsource=cl&fbclid=IwAR2yr7ZoBLNuDepHF8XAGpTNPJkgi_KTzXAnvRcotXhBMdRPCT5A4VEV43Q

Myers-Briggs: INFP

Birthdate: May 9, 1985

Age: 37

Interests: Birdwatching, reading about birds, studying birdsong,  Formula 1 racing, trail running, hiking, fishing, Ontario travel and sightseeing.

Strengths: Careful listener, grounded, and understanding

Weaknesses: My wife’s cooking/baking

A good night out: Dinner, dessert and an evening stroll-about.

A good night in: A nice meal and a really bad movie 

Favourite food groups: Seafood, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese

Favourite bird(s): Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Long-billed Dowitcher

Guided bird tours throughout eastern Ontario and beyond!