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.

Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count can hold some surprises

The annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count is on Wednesday, Dec. 22, and I have been preparing for this event by scouting my assigned territory - Granite Basin Recreation Area. This is a very large area geographically to cover in one day, but I will focus most of...

Bring a scope for optimal bird-watching at Willow Lake

Over the past two weeks, I have been able to do some bird-watching around Willow Lake. I highly recommend spending some time there. The number of waterfowl at the lake has increased dramatically over the last two months. One suggestion when birding at the lake - if...

Winter is the most vital time to put out food, water for birds

Our recent cold spell has given me cause to reflect on what wild birds need to survive in winter. Birds are warm-blooded and have a high metabolism, requiring enormous food intake to maintain a fairly constant body temperature in order to survive. If there is ever an...

Read bird suet labels to ensure nutritional value

I was recently doing a house-sitting job for a customer and was refilling his seed and suet feeders. When it comes to wild bird feed, I have a habit of looking at labels and reading the ingredient list and nutritional information. I was glad to see that the first...

Birding in Missouri – in spite of setbacks

As mentioned in last week's column, I was in Missouri again this past week for the second time in two months. When we arrived Wednesday, we had a few hours to kill before meeting up with our son, Jeremy, at Fort Leonard Wood. I attempted to do some impromptu birding....

Utilizing bird seed in a whole new way

Happy Veterans Day! This year, Veterans Day has more significance to my wife and me, as our son Jeremy is graduating from boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri on this very day. In fact, as you read this column, Gayla and I will be Missouri attending his...

Get out in nature to spot rare birds

The typical casual backyard "birder" is perhaps content with seeing the usual birds at his feeders-house finches, mourning doves, spotted towhees, lesser goldfinches and western scrub-jays, to name a few. Truthfully, the birds in the backyard don't change a whole lot...

Sparrows are another common winter species

In last week's column on dark-eyed juncos, I mentioned that juncos are frequently seen feeding down on the ground with sparrows. Sparrows, for many birders, can be very challenging to identify. Today's column will touch on some of the more common winter sparrow...

Dark-eyed Juncos a sure sign of winter’s arrival

On my recent trip to Missouri, our bird walk leader was lamenting the fact that the day before our outing he had seen his first sighting of a dark-eyed junco. In fact, he used some rather strong words at his disappointment in seeing a junco. Why, you ask? Because, he...

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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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