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: 2021 Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
I, for one, am hopeful for a more ‘normal’ non-COVID life in 2021, and see the return of some annual events such as the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival as a sign that things are starting to look up. While this year’s festival will adopt a hybrid model of both...
Birding: Nesting GHO in my yard
Over the years I’ve written on several occasions about the ravens that nest in our yard each year. While we live right in town, just off of Rosser Street, we are blessed to have a giant ponderosa pine tree in our yard, which is not a common tree in my neighborhood....
Birding: A common bird with an uncommon penchant for meat
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: My Great Backyard Bird Counting birding day in Phoenix
One of the guidelines for participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count is that you can bird anywhere — you are not restricted to just counting the birds you see in your yard. This rule creates greater flexibility for participants, and certainly bolsters the number...
Birding: Community Nature Center can use the community’s support
A few weeks ago, a customer came up with a unique way to thank me and my store manager, Ryan, for a kindness we had shown him. His thank you included handing me a $100 bill — knowing that we wouldn’t accept the money personally — and asked me to donate the money to...
Birding: Wild bird survival during severe winter storm conditions
The weather this past week has been simply amazing. To go from virtually no precipitation for months and months to being buried by more than 20 inches of snow — depending where you live — has been both wonderful and dreadful. We’ve needed an abundance of moisture for...
Birding: Successful day of birding in Valley of the Sun
If you were to ask me, “What is your favorite birding destination in the Phoenix metropolitan area?” My answer would be the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, in Gilbert. Located at the intersection of Greenfields and Guadalupe, the Water Ranch boasts an impressive...
Birding: What to do if you discover a dead bird in your yard
Over the last few weeks I have heard a few reports of individuals finding deceased pine siskins at their feeders. From time to time we receive reports of dead birds, which is always a concern. It is not unusual for birds to spread diseases at feeders — after all they...
Birding: Look, it’s a plane, no wait, it’s a sandhill crane!
As the owner of a backyard wild bird and nature store, I hear a lot of “bird reports” from customers, such as, “I just saw a crane out at Willow Lake!” I know what they thought they saw, but what they really saw was probably a great blue heron, because we don’t get...
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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