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.

A successful week of birding at the Verde festival

I spent four days this past week at Dead Horse Ranch State Park participating in the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival. In spite of cool temperatures and windy conditions, it still turned out to be a great event, with a total of 192 bird species observed over...

Nesting activity is in full swing

This past week, one of our employees led a free Jay’s Bird Barn bird walk to Stricklin Park and Thumb Butte. While the group didn’t see any unusual or rare bird species, they did have the unique opportunity of seeing a variety of different bird species engaged in...

Birdathon fundraiser

The annual Prescott Audubon Society Birdathon will take place the first week of May. This event has been a Prescott tradition for more than 25 years! There are two components to the birdathon; competitive birding, and fundraising efforts to benefit the Prescott...

Verde Valley Birding Festival is just around the corner

As spring progresses, migration activity continues to pick up. Already I am receiving reports from customers here in Prescott who are seeing orioles at their feeders. During the month of April black-chinned hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds, and broad-tailed...

Wrapping up Wickenburg

After writing last week’s column, I had three more days of birding left in the Wickenburg area, resulting in a variety of additional bird observations — some of which we did not see the previous week. At our hotel, we watched a merlin (a small falcon) flying directly...

Week two in Wickenburg

In last week’s column I wrote about the first two days of last week’s Road Scholar birding program that I am leading for Northern Arizona University. By the time the program ended on Friday our bird list included over 100 different bird species. Probably one of the...

Birding in the Wickenburg area

Time flies when you are having fun bird watching! This week marks my 10th consecutive year working as a bird guide for Northern Arizona University’s Road Scholar program. Each year I am a Field Coordinator for the “Birding in the Sonoran Desert: Cactus Wrens to...

Yard bird activity

For most people, there are reoccurring events in nature that serve as symbols for the arrival of spring. Some examples are longer days, warmer temperatures, daffodils, forsythia and certainly allergies! For nature lovers, the early morning song of a particular bird...

Preparations for spring bird activity

The calendar shows that spring is still more than a week away, but I know I’m feeling it, and the birds are feeling it too. Courtship, mating, and nest building is already underway for some of our local bird species. During the last week of February, I witnessed a...

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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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