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.
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: The month of May is an exceptional time to go birding
Each year I donate a ‘Bird Walk with Eric Moore’ to the Highland Center for Natural History’s ‘Wander the Wild’ fundraising event in the fall. This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to take the winners on their bird walk and it was truly an amazing day. We started at...
Birding: Migration activity in high gear as World Migratory Bird Day approaches
Did you know that the second Saturday of May each year is designated as World Migratory Bird Day? This is a worldwide effort to further migratory bird conservation by focusing on the urgent need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. This past week, I...
Birding: Fascinating hummingbird nesting behavior revealed
Recently, on a Jay’s Bird Barn-sponsored guided bird walk, I discovered a hummingbird nest under construction. Our group was birding in Watson Woods, and I was lucky enough to see a hummingbird fly by, and I visually followed it and saw her land on her nest. Finding a...
Birding: Celebrating Earth Day by looking back on my love affair with birds
Today is Earth Day, a day dedicated to protecting and preserving our world. I hope you will take time today to do a “self-evaluation.” What kind of a steward are you? What are you doing well environmentally? Where do you think you can do better? I’ve always...
Birding: A ‘Big Day’ filled with birding
Between Friday and Saturday of this past week, I packed in a lot of birding and saw well over 100 different species. On Friday, I visited Page Springs, Bubbling Ponds and Sedona Wetlands. The highlight of my birding was seeing three different gull species at Sedona...
Birding: Spring migration in the Arizona Central Highlands
Spring migration is in full swing, and nowhere is this more evident than at our local lakes. Both Watson and Willow lakes are designated by the National Audubon Society as “Important Bird Areas.” Our local lakes are used by thousands of migratory birds each year as a...
Birding: Spring — the perfect time to create a bird-friendly yard
I categorize our customers into groups—field birders and casual, backyard birders. Field birders spend a lot of time bird watching away from their homes, out in nature — maybe at Willow or Watson Lake — or any number of other locations. In contrast, backyard birders...
Birding: Spring has arrived, and so have ‘our’ spring birds
Earlier this week, my wife and I went on a walk in Watson Woods. Almost as soon as we got out of the car, I could hear a Lucy’s warbler singing. A short time later, on the same walk, we saw a not-so- common (in this area) common black hawk. Seeing two spring arrivals...
Birding: It’s a sure sign of spring — turkey vultures are back!
Interestingly, our store is situated between two cemeteries. Directly behind the back of our store is the Arizona Pioneers’ Home Cemetery, and across the street from us is the Mountain View Cemetery. The variety of birds we’ve seen from our parking lot has been...
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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