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,


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


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, lichens, 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!