Welcome to Eastern Ontario Birding
Thanks for dropping by! My name is Jon Ruddy, and I am an eastern Ontario-based professional birding guide, Kowa Sporting Optics pro staff member, and Research Associate at the Canadian Museum of Nature. I am the owner and field guide at Eastern Ontario Birding. At the Canadian Museum of Nature, I specialize in the study of lichens. The year 2023 marks my eighth year as a professional bird guide, and I continue to fall more in love with birds with each passing day. I am still to this day a real bird nerd at heart. 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, see 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 my Google Reviews.
Good birding and happy trails in 2023,
Owner & Guide
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
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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
Birthdate: May 9, 1985
Interests: Ornithology, lichenology, Ontario’s Natural History, reading about birds, studying birdsong, Formula 1 racing, hiking, fishing, Ontario-based travel and sightseeing.
Strengths: Careful listener, patient and understanding
Weaknesses: My wife’s cooking/baking…!
A good night out: Dinner, dessert and an evening walk.
A good night in: A nice meal and a really bad movie.
Favourite food groups: Seafood, Italian, Lebanese, Canadian Chinese
Favourite bird(s): Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Long-billed Dowitcher.