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!

Guide to Fall Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Hi there, Using eBird’s Explore Data — Bar Charts function, I created a variety of graphs, some highlighting frequency of observations, derived from the percentage of birder’s observations of a particular species / all checklists during a specific time frame, and others highlight the total number of individuals tallied during a particular timeframe.
ID: Juvenile Lincoln’s vs. Swamp Sparrow - Identification of juvenile Lincoln’s Sparrow Head: For field ID, the greatest potential analytical weight stems from this region. On Lincoln’s, the crown detail is especially important. The crown is wholly brown to buffy-brown with distinct black streaking throughout. The median crown stripe being poorly-defined, blending, and showing low contrast with, the lateral crown stripes; the … Continue reading ID: Juvenile Lincoln’s vs. Swamp Sparrow
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!
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.
Separating juvenile Lincoln’s from Swamp in the Field - Several summers ago, I made a brief attempt to approach the study of juvenile Lincoln’s vs. Swamp sparrows and noticed that the lore blocked all apparent avenues to field ID success. I sputtered in interest the following summer, and again wound up turned off/disinterested.
Alarm & Contact Calls of the “Spotted” Thrushes - Below is a sample of the variation in spotted thrush contact and alarm calls commonly heard during both spring and fall migration.
Guide to Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Eastern Ontario birders: 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 guide as to when some of your favourite bird species arrive back to eastern Ontario.
Bird Nerd’s Guide to Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario - Using eBird’s Explore Data — Bar Charts, I created graphs highlighting each species’ frequency of observations. eBird describes “Frequency” as the percentage of checklists that report a species within a specified date range and region. It is the most common way of displaying the eBird data and provides a good idea of relative occurrence and seasonal timing.