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.

Fun loving ravens are fun to watch

Fun loving ravens are fun to watch

One of the most abundant bird species in the West is the common raven. In my opinion, ravens are one of the most intelligent and adaptable bird species in North America. If you look at a range map, the distribution of ravens is impressive. Ravens are a year-round...

Hummingbirds can survive the winter

The winter storm we had this past weekend provoked a flurry of emails from customers concerned for the hummingbirds in their yards. One email read, “I have a hummingbird who is still hanging around, notwithstanding the cold weather. Because he’s still here I have been...

The bees are back

The bees are back

This week, I received an email from a customer with the following statement in the subject line, “The bees are back.” Quoting from the body of his email he wrote, “Looks like it’s that time of year again. I think they are usually going after the corn, but only...

Watering holes create a draw for wild birds

This past Saturday, I drove for almost two hours to reach my birding destination—a cattle tank in the Santa Maria Mountains, northwest of Prescott. My route took me out Williamson Valley Road to Camp Wood Road, and ultimately to Forest Service Road 9. When I arrived,...

Rockport Texas Christmas bird count

Rockport Texas Christmas bird count

Last week I wrote about my experience birding in the Granite Basin area as part of the Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.  The very next day I flew to Corpus Christi, Texas to participate in the Rockport Christmas Bird Count.  Rockport, as you may...

Good morning turns into a disappointing afternoon

Last week I participated in the Prescott Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. My assigned area each year is Granite Basin, from Iron Springs Road all the way down to Granite Basin Lake, including the surrounding area. The weather was very mild compared to...

Speed birding — it’s a rush

Earlier this week, I took the Jay’s Birds Barn truck down to Mesa for service. This provided me the perfect opportunity (excuse) to make a quick visit to the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, also known as the Gilbert Water Ranch. This is the second time in less than...

Recent bird activity in the yard

Over the last several months, I have been working on creating a new bird feeding area in my yard—moving it from the back to the front yard. One downside of the change is that without stepping out of the house, I cannot see the birds in my new feeding area. Prior to...

The importance of water in winter

The importance of water in winter

As the weeks pass by, and our weather continues to be unseasonably warm and dry, I can’t help but think how much we need precipitation in any form—rain or snow. On a walk in Watson Woods earlier this week, everything looked so dry. Granite Creek looks more like a dry...

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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