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.
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 on a bike
It is not uncommon for birding and nature festivals in Arizona to offer field trips where you can go birding on a bike, or on a bronco or by kayak. Using different modes of transportation while birding is an enjoyable way of combining two hobbies. I own both a canoe...
Recent experiences in nature underscore the importance of being observant
In sports there is an expression of how important it is to “show up.” When it comes to wildlife observation, probably the most critical skill is to be observant. Individuals who are not observant miss out on the abundance of nature that is all around them. Earlier...
Native plants are for the birds
This has been a busy week for me with five speaking engagements. This evening at 6:30, I will be presenting a program for the Arizona Native Plant Society at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Road, and I invite you to come. The title for my...
Subspecies within a species
When referencing field guides it is not uncommon to see wild bird species divided into subspecies, which are frequently referred to as “races.” For instance, if you were to look up fox sparrow in “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” you would see that this species is divided...
Transient species are on the move — is that redundant?
As fall approaches, it is only a matter of weeks before some of our winter residents begin showing up — white-crowned sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, and yellow-rumped warblers. That is hard to believe, since it was in the 90s earlier this week. Many of our summer...
Controlling weeds without harming bird populations
At Jay’s Bird Barn, we get feedback every day from customers on the bird activity they are seeing in their yards. Often their comments are comparative in nature, with remarks such as, “I don’t have as many hummingbirds this year as last year,” or “I have a lot more...
Midge flies benefit birds preparing to migrate
Last week I was in Provo, Utah, for a few days and had the opportunity to go bird watching at Utah Lake early one morning. There were literally thousands of birds — it was an impressive sight to see so many birds congregated together. By far the most numerous species...
Birding in Southeastern Arizona
This past week, I spent four days in Sierra Vista attending the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival. I loved being in southern Arizona — it was like coming home to me. It was fun to experience several very powerful monsoon storms. The landscape was so green...
Upcoming festivals provide opportunity to see hummingbirds
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is this weekend at the Sedona Performing Arts Center located at Sedona Red Rock High School. The festival begins on Friday the 28th and runs through Sunday the 30th. A variety of activities are being offered as part of the festival,...
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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