Weekly Articles by Eric Moore

The owner of Jay’s Bird Barn, publishes an article about  bringing wild birds to your backyard in The Daily Courier every Thursday.  Learn more about Eric Moore.

Archive

Below you will find an archive of all the weekly articles Eric Moore has published with The Daily Courier.

Rowdy roosting ravens raise a ruckus

Our home sits on a short cul-de-sac just off of Rosser Street. We have a very large ponderosa pine tree in our yard, which is quite unusual, as there are very few ponderosas in our neighborhood. We moved to this home in 2005, and each year we have had a family of...

Hummingbird nesting behavior

I have a friend who has been monitoring a hummingbird nest he discovered only a few feet off of the main trail at Lynx Lake. He has been photographing the nest since April 25, when the female was still building the nest. I suspect in less than a weeks’ time the babies...

The importance of water for wild birds in summer

The sudden arrival of summer-like weather has brought to mind the importance of water for wild birds. Have you ever wondered how baby birds in the nest get water? As I passed through Cottonwood earlier this week on my way home from the Sedona store, the temperature...

Baby birds face a lot of hazards

On Sunday, May 7, we found a tiny dead baby quail in our front yard. This is the earliest record for baby quail in my yard, and, interestingly, I haven’t seen a quail family in my yard before or after finding the dead bird. I picked up the baby bird and examined it...

Bird-a-thon results by the numbers

Saturday, May 6th, Team Jay’s Bird Barn set out at 5:00 a.m. to begin our Bird-a-thon.  We started in the Verde Valley birding Page Springs Road, Bubbling Ponds, Page Springs Fish Hatchery, Sedona Wetlands and Dead Horse Ranch State Park.  We then went over Mingus...

A successful week of birding at the Verde festival

I spent four days this past week at Dead Horse Ranch State Park participating in the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival. In spite of cool temperatures and windy conditions, it still turned out to be a great event, with a total of 192 bird species observed over...

Nesting activity is in full swing

This past week, one of our employees led a free Jay’s Bird Barn bird walk to Stricklin Park and Thumb Butte. While the group didn’t see any unusual or rare bird species, they did have the unique opportunity of seeing a variety of different bird species engaged in...

Birdathon fundraiser

The annual Prescott Audubon Society Birdathon will take place the first week of May. This event has been a Prescott tradition for more than 25 years! There are two components to the birdathon; competitive birding, and fundraising efforts to benefit the Prescott...

Verde Valley Birding Festival is just around the corner

As spring progresses, migration activity continues to pick up. Already I am receiving reports from customers here in Prescott who are seeing orioles at their feeders. During the month of April black-chinned hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds, and broad-tailed...

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About the owner, Eric Moore

My interest in birds began when I was very young. By the time I was five years old I was fascinated with birds and watched them at feeders in my parents’ yard in Massachusetts.

At the age of 13 I joined the Tucson chapter of the National Audubon Society. When I lived in Utah I participated in the Utah County Birders Club (there was not an Audubon chapter in Provo). I have been associated with the Prescott chapter of the National Audubon Society for the past eleven years and have served on the board of directors and as the publicity chair.

I have led bird walks, been in charge of the Spring Migratory Bird Count, and I have participated in the Christmas Bird Count in Tucson, Provo, and Prescott for a time period spanning 30 years. I consider myself to be an excellent birder. Birding is more than a hobby for me–it is a passion.

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