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!

Forest Birds of Gatineau Park - Friday, July 24:  What to pack: Please pack a cooler with your lunch, snacks and. Please also pack a mask, hand sanitizer/sanitizing wipes, hat, sunscreen, bug spray and a fold-up chair. Though optional, I recommend that participants wear their masks if we are a group of five. Washrooms  Meet-up time and location:  Duration:  Cost: Register for tour … Continue reading Forest Birds of Gatineau Park
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.
“Experts” make mistakes, too - When I first started my birding journey in February 2011, I found the mastering of the Art and Science of field birding to be an absolutely daunting task! Fast forward 9 years, and I am now a professional birding guide and a lot less worrisome and wary in the field, but I still show great … Continue reading “Experts” make mistakes, too
Private tours in June and July - Eastern Ontario Birders: Firstly, thank you for your interest in private tours! It’s nice to be busy again and nice to be out in the field, enjoying birds together. Private tours have been lovely, and, so far so good re: logistics.
Available Services: Private Guiding - Eastern Ontario Birders: On May 19th, the province rolled out Phase 1 of its re-opening. After careful review, I am happy to announce my Phase 1 of re-opening, in the form of part-time private guiding services. I will be offering this service for a minimum of 2, and maximum of 3, clientele.
How to reach me for identification help & general inquiries - Moving forward, please email me your inquiries and identification quiuires. I receive birding notes, identification requests and inquiries by texts and also Facebook messages (to my personal, Jon Ruddy account; not my business one) and I find it confusing trying to keep track of things. Please help in keeping everything funnelled into my eontbird@gmail.com inbox.
Open for Business - Hi everyone, I am happy to announce that I have just opened my “virtual doors.” I will be getting to a backlog of emails, starting today. Thank you, everyone, for your support and I hope you’ve enjoyed your spring birding thus far!
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!