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.

Centennial birding challenge underway

Sunday, Jan. 1, was the first day of the year-long Birding Arizona Centennial Challenge. For me, Sundays are a church and family day, so I didn't go birding, but that doesn't mean I didn't see any birds. Bird-watching is as easy as looking out the window! My first...

Annual Christmas bird counts take place next week

Monday is the Chino Valley Christmas Bird Count, and Wednesday, Dec. 21, is the Prescott Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. At the request of one of the local Audubon members, I am sharing a message today she felt was important to Prescott residents. Individuals...

Woodpeckers, walks and Willow Lake

On my day off last week I headed west on Thumb Butte road into the National Forest to see if I could find a flock of Lewis' woodpeckers that had been reported a day or two earlier. Lewis' woodpeckers are considered a "casual" visitor to the Prescott area, meaning they...

Celebrate the birds of Arizona with Centennial Challenge contest

I love Arizona. I love its amazing geologic and biologic diversity with its deserts, grasslands, forests and mountains. I love the climate, the abundance of sunshine and the spectacular sunsets. I love the flora and fauna. I am absolutely enthralled with the Sonoran...

Becoming a field birder takes practice and a good guide

A lot of "field birders" have been out and about this past week conducting reconnaissance in their assigned areas for this year's Christmas bird count. With so many great birders out in the field, there have been some really good finds - including a pair of...

Birds flock to feeders after snowstorm

Our recent spate of winter weather had a big impact on wild bird behavior. Mild winter weather allows birds to forage for food in natural settings. The abundance of summer seeds is accessible and readily available to them. However, when we experience several...

Still waiting on my own ‘Big Year’

Over the last several weeks, I have been asked time and again by friends and customers if I have seen the movie "The Big Year." In spite of my interest in the movie, I had to admit that I had not seen it. I read the book several years ago and enjoyed it immensely as I...

Cardinals make a surprise showing in Prescott Eric Moore

This past week I was at a customer's home in Ponderosa Park off of White Spar Road. They were out of town, so I was filling their seed feeders and looking after their place. As I went to leave, I saw a male Northern Cardinal in the yard. I was so surprised that I...

Birding in Brazil – Finding a Tin-a-who?

By the time you read this column I will be back in the store. Tired and bug bitten, but very happy! My time in Brazil was life changing and I hope that I never forget how incredibly blessed I am. As much as I like birding, what is most important to me is people - and...

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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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