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: Questions and answers about feeding hummingbirds in winter

Birding: Questions and answers about feeding hummingbirds in winter

On Sunday we were having a discussion at home as to whether anyone had seen a hummingbird in the last two weeks on either of the two feeders we still have out. As the three of us discussed it, the consensus was unanimous — nobody had any recollection of seeing a...

Birding: Recent local rare bird sightings create excitement

Birding: Recent local rare bird sightings create excitement

I received a text last week from a customer who lives in Montezuma Well (in the Verde Valley) reporting a rufous-backed robin in his yard. This is really an incredible find. I have only seen this species in North America on two previous occasions — once at the Cameron...

Birding: Wild bird survival in winter is all about food availability

Birding: Wild bird survival in winter is all about food availability

As we get closer and closer to winter solstice, the days continue to get shorter as the nights get longer. While this change in day length does not affect us directly, it has a big impact on wild birds. They have less time during the day to forage for food, and they...

Birding: Competition for birdseed — squirrels in the Prescott area

Birding: Competition for birdseed — squirrels in the Prescott area

Earlier this week, I was both surprised and thrilled to see an Abert’s squirrel sitting in my platform bird feeding tray, getting its fill of bird seed. In the 16 years we’ve lived at this house, I have never seen an Abert’s squirrel in my yard! This is a species that...

Birding: When it comes to being observant, it pays to pay attention!

Birding: When it comes to being observant, it pays to pay attention!

About two weeks ago, I was on my way to the mailbox when a couple of ravens flew into the area and starting raising a ruckus. Now that is not too uncommon in and of itself, but they were specifically flying around a large ponderosa pine tree in our front yard. Their...

Birding: Recent local rare bird sightings create excitement

Birding: Recent local rare bird sightings create excitement

On Monday, Jan. 31, I was making a birdseed delivery to a customer who lives in the Dells. Her yard is incredibly birdy, and I always enjoy delivering seed to her home. As I was leaving her home, I heard the unmistakable sound of vocalizing white-throated swifts,...

Birding: Vocalization mimicry can fool even the best birders

Birding: Vocalization mimicry can fool even the best birders

This past week, Gayla and I visited our son, Merritt, and his family in Edmond, Oklahoma enroute to Mexico, Missouri to attend the Wild Bird Expo trade show. I’ve attended this annual trade show since 2005 to do buying for our store, and as you might imagine, I always...

Birding: Thrashers, jays are common in the Prescott area

Birding: Thrashers, jays are common in the Prescott area

I was recently asked by a customer how likely it would be to see a curve-billed thrasher in Prescott. If I had been asked this question a few years ago, I would have said it was pretty unlikely. However, over the last few years, it seems that curved-billed thrashers...

Birding: Good nutrition for wild birds is important to their health

Birding: Good nutrition for wild birds is important to their health

There is no question that what we eat affects our health. Better health is a natural byproduct of eating foods that have a higher nutritional value. This is true for all living organisms, not just humans. As a nature lover, and as a life-long birdwatcher, providing...

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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