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.

The importance of being observant in birding

Being observant takes practice. It takes mental effort, thought and mindfulness of your environment and surroundings. What does this topic have to do with wild birds? It has everything to do with the hobby of bird watching and identifying wild birds. Perhaps we get so...

Birds disperse as breeding activity winds down

Many people associate breeding season with spring time, but depending whether the species is a year-round resident or a migratory visitor, breeding and rearing young can occur anywhere from February and March all the way up until late summer, with some species still...

Landscape with native plants to attract birds

Every day we are one day closer to our summer monsoon rains. When our summer rains begin in earnest, the months of July and August become a great time to landscape your yard. The combination of warm temperatures and abundant moisture creates the perfect environment...

Nesting activity continues during the summer

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to do a little bird watching on the north side of Willow Lake. The habitat in this area is primarily live scrub oak mixed with pinyon pine and juniper. My timing must have been good, because it was delightfully "birdy." While I...

Visiting birds still hanging around

A black-bellied whistling duck was seen at Willow Lake this past week. This is a very rare bird for our area - certainly one worth seeing. I went out to the lake on two different occasions to look for it but struck out both times. However, I did see a lot of good...

Recent birding in the central highlands

Last Friday I led a bird walk at the Highlands Center for Natural History. It was a windy day and I was concerned the winds would negatively affect our ability to find birds, as they tend to hunker down under these conditions. I was pleased that we saw (or heard) 31...

West Fork in Oak Creek Canyon offers easy hiking and birding

This past week I presented the monthly program for the Northern Arizona Audubon groups in both Sedona and Flagstaff. Being in northern Arizona provided me with an opportunity to get out and go birding, of which I took full advantage! If you are looking for a...

Baby quail and house cats: a lethal combination

This past week I started receiving reports of baby quail sightings in the Prescott area. Some of the reports were communicated via email and were accompanied by fantastic photographs! The occurrence of baby quail each year is an event that is looked forward to with...

Migratory Bird Day celebration is Saturday at the Highlands Center

The Highlands Center for Natural History will host a special event at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 12, to commemorate International Migratory Bird Day. The Highlands Center has teamed up with the Prescott National Forest and the Prescott Audubon Society to celebrate the...

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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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