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.

Rare visitor shows up in Flagstaff

Early Monday morning as I was driving to Flagstaff for work, I received a phone call making me aware of a rare bird sighting at Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff. A Louisiana waterthrush had been seen there just the day before. This was a species I had never seen in...

Light jacket weather means more food for the birds

Weather-wise, I think October is my favorite month of the year. Daytime temperatures are nearly perfect and nighttime temperatures are still pleasant. As the days continue to get shorter, our early morning temperatures are a bit cool for this desert rat, so I have...

Industrious birds build nest in unusual location

We live in a day and age where there is a lot of pessimism, and a lot of bad news. Whether watching the news or surfing the internet, we are constantly bombarded with terrible news — whether it is a horrific mass shooting, or athletes choosing not to respect the...

Birding on a bike

It is not uncommon for birding and nature festivals in Arizona to offer field trips where you can go birding on a bike, or on a bronco or by kayak. Using different modes of transportation while birding is an enjoyable way of combining two hobbies. I own both a canoe...

Native plants are for the birds

This has been a busy week for me with five speaking engagements. This evening at 6:30, I will be presenting a program for the Arizona Native Plant Society at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Road, and I invite you to come. The title for my...

Subspecies within a species

When referencing field guides it is not uncommon to see wild bird species divided into subspecies, which are frequently referred to as “races.” For instance, if you were to look up fox sparrow in “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” you would see that this species is divided...

Transient species are on the move — is that redundant?

As fall approaches, it is only a matter of weeks before some of our winter residents begin showing up — white-crowned sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, and yellow-rumped warblers. That is hard to believe, since it was in the 90s earlier this week. Many of our summer...

Controlling weeds without harming bird populations

At Jay’s Bird Barn, we get feedback every day from customers on the bird activity they are seeing in their yards. Often their comments are comparative in nature, with remarks such as, “I don’t have as many hummingbirds this year as last year,” or “I have a lot more...

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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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