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: Unusual plumage results in mistaken identification

Birding: Unusual plumage results in mistaken identification

Recently I started receiving verbal communication from customers reporting they were seeing an unusually large brown bird in the area of Prescott High School, off Ruth Street. Shortly thereafter, a customer emailed me pictures of the bird in question. What was this...

Birding: Reminiscing on my bucket list challenge efforts

Birding: Reminiscing on my bucket list challenge efforts

We wrapped up our visit to our son, Jeremy, and his family in Virginia this past week. While we were back East, we swung through Maryland and spent a little time in both Delaware and New Jersey.  Living in the West for most of my life, it is hard to imagine being able...

Birding: Hobby of bird watching is great way to be lifelong learner

Birding: Hobby of bird watching is great way to be lifelong learner

I had an experience this past week that really touched me. A woman, probably in her 70s, came into the store and said she wanted to buy a pair of binoculars for herself. She mentioned she’d been on a few of our free bird walks and she wanted to get into birding. As I...

Birding: Happy New Year and happy birding from Virginia

Birding: Happy New Year and happy birding from Virginia

Last week, as 2021 drew to a close, Gayla and I flew to Virginia to visit our son Jeremy and his family. Fortunately, in spite of all of the COVID-related-flight cancellations, we were able to travel to see our newest grandchild, Jethro. And, as you might imagine,...

Birding: The year in review — looking back, looking forward

Birding: The year in review — looking back, looking forward

As I review the past year —from a birding perspective — I am so grateful for the birding trips I was able to participate in this year! In April, Gayla and I birded in southeastern Arizona and had a wonderful time. In May I went to Alamos, Mexico with a few fellow...

Birding: Prescott Audubon Society Christmas bird count results

Birding: Prescott Audubon Society Christmas bird count results

Last Wednesday, Dec. 15, was the Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. I have participated in Christmas Bird Counts since I was a teenager. Each year my assigned area is Granite Basin. It is a very large geographical area to cover, extending from the...

Birding: Where are all of our winter birds?

Birding: Where are all of our winter birds?

So far, our fall and winter migration activity has shown mixed results. Many of our typical winter birds are present, such as yellow-rumped warblers, ruby-crowned kinglets and white-crowned sparrows. However, noticeably absent are dark-eyed juncos, pine siskins and...

Birding: Berries are a way to attract bluebirds to your yard

Birding: Berries are a way to attract bluebirds to your yard

I was driving eastbound on Rosser Street earlier this week, and just before I got to the community center, I saw a small bird perched atop a street sign in the median. Since I was driving, I only had a brief look with the naked eye, but I was pretty confident that...

Birding: Watson Woods, lake birding impressive

Birding: Watson Woods, lake birding impressive

We have had such a lovely fall! Our daytime temperatures have consistently been running slightly above normal, and our morning low temperatures have been fairly mild. While it has been dry, our lack of precipitation is not unusual for this time of year, as October and...

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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