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: Chasing rare bird sightings to pad my Arizona year list

Birding: Chasing rare bird sightings to pad my Arizona year list

This past Friday, June 5, I saw a rare bird (for this part of the United States)—a hooded warbler. The typical summer range for this species is mostly east of the Mississippi, so to have one in the Prescott area is indeed rare. A local birder found the warbler last...

Birding: Spring migration brings four grosbeak species to Prescott

Birding: Spring migration brings four grosbeak species to Prescott

Over the last month I have seen four different species of grosbeaks right here in Prescott! Not familiar with grosbeaks? The name says it all. This is a family of birds that is defined by a unique, shared trait — a massive beak, for cracking open nuts and seeds. The...

Birding: Wild birds need abundance of insects to rear their young

Birding: Wild birds need abundance of insects to rear their young

Several years ago, I planted six rosebushes in our backyard as a gift to my wife for Mother’s Day — one bush for each of our children.  As I was sitting out on the back patio this past Sunday, Mother’s Day, I enjoyed watching little bushtits as they gleaned for...

Birding: UFO sighting at Willow Lake garners a lot of attention

Birding: UFO sighting at Willow Lake garners a lot of attention

Last week, the evening of April 30, a large flock of very large birds spent a considerable amount of time flying over Willow Lake before finally settling down for the night. In spite of their 108-inch wing span—which is significantly larger than a Bald Eagle, which...

Birding: The art of acting in the bird world

Birding: The art of acting in the bird world

On a recent walk on a section of the Prescott Circle Trail, adjacent to Watson Woods, I observed the ‘deception’ behavior exhibited by a killdeer. Killdeer employ an attention-getting behavior when one gets too close to their nest. Seeing the behavior, I knew there...

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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