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.


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

Wild bird survival all about food

This past week I have enjoyed receiving emails from customers sharing their experiences of bird activity in their yard as a result of our snowy weather. I like to call this heightened activity a “feeding frenzy,” as that is what it looks like. And it is not just the...

To flee or to stay put – how animals see danger

Last week I was in downtown Atlanta attending the America’s Mart trade show. I go to this event every year to buy new product lines for the store, but I also try to do a little bird watching while I am there. Years ago, I discovered a great place to go bird watching...

Midwinter Bald Eagle survey results

This past Saturday, I participated in the annual midwinter Bald Eagle survey sponsored by the Prescott National Forest. A group of birders was assigned to each of the major lakes in the Prescott area – Watson, Willow, Lynx and Goldwater. I covered Goldwater Lake and...

Area lakes are filling up with recent storms

Our recent snowfall and abundant rains have produced an incredible amount of runoff. You’ve probably heard of storm chasers – well I consider myself to be a river and lake watcher—not just a bird watcher! I am fascinated by weather, and the impact weather has on our...

Parking lot birds

One aspect that is unique to the hobby of bird watching is that you can participate in this sport no matter where you are. If you like to golf, you have to go to a golf course. If you enjoy skiing, you must go to a ski resort. And if you like to fish, you need to go...

Tips on winter bird feeding

As we inch closer to winter, many of our more common winter residents are a regular sight at our feeders. However, this year, more than usual perhaps, the birds are enjoying a rich abundance of nature’s bounty in the way of seeds produced as a result of the abundant...

Birds of Willow Lake

This past Friday I led a free Jay’s Bird Barn-sponsored bird walk to the south shore of Willow Lake. It was a perfect morning, weather-wise, and the birds were plentiful. There was a significant increase in bird activity on the lake compared to just a few weeks ago....

The importance of water in winter for wild birds

It is hard to believe that it is already November! As the days grow shorter and the nights get longer, it is time to get your heated birdbaths or your birdbath heaters out of storage. It won’t be long before freezing temperatures turn your birdbath into an ice skating...

Identifying LBB’s and LBG’s can be challenging

Many casual backyard birders have pet names for the birds they see in their yard such as an LBB for a “little brown bird” and an LGB for a “little gray bird.” There are certainly a lot of birds that fit into the brown and gray category, making identification difficult...

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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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