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.

Recent Articles

The most recent articles can be viewed directly on The Daily Courier’s website.

Weekly Article Archive

Below you will find an archive of all the weekly articles Eric Moore has published with The Daily Courier through 2019.

Birding: As seasons change, change bird-feeding practices

Birding: As seasons change, change bird-feeding practices

At this point, spring migration is still just a trickle, but the number of bird species on the move will grow every week until it reaches its peak in early May. As the days continue to get longer, the Arizona Central Highlands will experience a tremendous change in...

Birding: Birding Festivals are back on track in 2022

Birding: Birding Festivals are back on track in 2022

While COVID is not necessarily in our rearview mirror, I am excited to announce that for the first time since 2019, several of the annual birding festivals are going to be in-person this year. If you have never attended a birding festival, I strongly recommend...

Birding: Spring is in the air and wild birds are on the move

Birding: Spring is in the air and wild birds are on the move

Hummingbird sightings continue to come in.  Since last week, I’ve had reports of four different species at backyard bird feeders — Anna’s, rufous, broad-tailed and black-chinned. If you haven’t put out a hummingbird feeder yet, I’d suggest getting at least one feeder...

Birding: Wild birds sporting green on St. Patrick’s Day

Birding: Wild birds sporting green on St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As I was thinking of a topic to write about this week, my mind settled on the thought of how there are so few songbirds with green plumage. Thinking about it more, I realized that many of the bird species sporting green are water birds, which...

Birding: Using diet as tool to aid in bird identification

Birding: Using diet as tool to aid in bird identification

Over the last two weeks, my column has provided helpful tips on how to improve your bird identification skills. Today’s column will continue in the same vein. Another key piece of knowledge that can be helpful when identifying wild birds is to observe what the bird in...

Birding: Using habitat to help identify wild birds

Birding: Using habitat to help identify wild birds

In my column last week, I shared bird identification tips. Some of my recommendations had to do with such field markings as color and beak structure. Other recommendations included behavior, size and foraging techniques. I also made the suggestion to pay attention to...

Birding: Tips and clues to help with bird identification

Birding: Tips and clues to help with bird identification

As an avid bird watcher, I try to keep a record of every bird species I see. This means I need to be able to put a name on every bird I observe. Developing the skill of identifying birds is critical to good record keeping.  On a regular basis, I receive emails from...

Birding: ‘Duck, duck, goose,’ or should I say, ‘geese?’

Birding: ‘Duck, duck, goose,’ or should I say, ‘geese?’

This past week I attended the Oasis Gift Show at the Phoenix Convention Center. As you might imagine, a trip to Phoenix was the perfect opportunity to do some bird watching — before and after the trade show. Leaving Prescott before 5:30 in the morning, I headed...

Birding: New opportunity for bird watching at the recharge facility

Birding: New opportunity for bird watching at the recharge facility

This past Saturday I led a Jay’s Bird Barn-sponsored bird walk to the city-owned-and-operated recharge ponds, by the Prescott Airport. Historically this area was off limits to the public, but recently the city has taken several steps (and has plans for several...

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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