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.

Let’s talk sapsucker

Let’s talk sapsucker

This past week there has been a red-naped sapsucker hanging out in my yard.  There are four different sapsucker species in North America:  red-naped, red-breasted, yellow-bellied and Williamson’s.  Sapsuckers are small woodpeckers and are quite striking in appearance...

Fall stragglers need to head south

Fall stragglers need to head south

I was hiking a segment of the Prescott Circle Trail by Willow Lake earlier this week and witnessed an American kestrel, the smallest falcon in North America, dive bombing a red-tailed hawk! Kestrels weigh in at 117 grams, whereas red-tailed hawks weight about 1,080...

Divers vs. Dabblers – what’s the difference?

Divers vs. Dabblers – what’s the difference?

In all the years I have lived in Prescott I don’t remember an October as cool and as wet as this year. I worked at our Flagstaff store location on Tuesday of this week, and it snowed all day! As this past Saturday’s rain storm was winding down, I donned my rain gear...

Fall birding in Central Missouri

Fall birding in Central Missouri

Last week I spent several days attending the Wild Bird Expo trade show in Mexico, Missouri. This annual event allows me to shop for the stores, visit with fellow store owners, and talk to manufacturers and vendors of wild bird products. The drive from St. Louis to...

Consecutive birding days yields an interesting mix of birds

Consecutive birding days yields an interesting mix of birds

Last week I worked in Sedona for several days, and I went birding three consecutive mornings at the Sedona Wetlands Preserve. While I have been writing about fall migratory birds arriving, I hadn’t actually been out birding for a few weeks. It was fascinating to see...

California condors, 250 and counting

California condors, 250 and counting

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to be in attendance as four captive-bred California condors were released into the wild at the Vermilion Cliffs, north of the Grand Canyon. The event, hosted by the Peregrine Fund in cooperation with the BLM as part of the...

Wild bird migration can occur day, night

Wild bird migration can occur day, night

Wild bird migration can take on many forms. In the northern hemisphere, it typically involves moving from south to north in the spring, and then reversing the pattern in the fall. Another example of migration is called “elevational migration,” where birds move...

Caching food for times of scarcity

Caching food for times of scarcity

As we move into autumn, we may recall childhood memories of attending a fall harvest event. The activity of harvesting is as old as existence. Whether human or bird, there is an innate — almost urgent — need to both harvest and store food. A recent hike on a segment...

Technology aids in bird identification

Technology aids in bird identification

I was in Tucson this past weekend to attend the University of Arizona/BYU football game. While in Tucson I also visited two backyard wild bird stores and a feed store. Having worked in retail since high school, I have always enjoyed visiting the “competition.” I was...

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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