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: Two very different trips — with a lot of similarities

Birding: Two very different trips — with a lot of similarities

Over the last two weeks, I have been on two really enjoyable trips. The first was a driving trip from Prescott to southwestern Colorado, about 15 miles north of Dolores. What an absolutely beautiful area — it was so green, and there was water everywhere!! This trip...

Birding: The month of August ushers in peak hummingbird activity

Birding: The month of August ushers in peak hummingbird activity

I love the month of August. Growing up as a child in Tucson I always loved the summer monsoon season. This year’s monsoon is certainly off to a good start — so far, we have received 5.10 inches of rain at our home! August is certainly a time of tremendous transition...

Birding: Monsoon season creates second-spring conditions

Birding: Monsoon season creates second-spring conditions

I have been thoroughly enjoying our summer monsoon rains. I find myself being somewhat envious of other parts of town that seem to be getting more rain than we are at our home. There have been many times when I have seen how dark the sky is to the east of us, and I...

Birding: Nature’s wrath and wild bird survival

Birding: Nature’s wrath and wild bird survival

Our recent monsoon storm activity over the last few weeks has simply been amazing. Unfortunately, many areas in and around Prescott have experienced severe, damaging hail storms. A friend, who lives in Granite Dells, shared a number of pictures of the devastation that...

Birding: Plant native plants to attract birds to your yard

Birding: Plant native plants to attract birds to your yard

Years ago, we bought a spec home off of Rosser. We were very fortunate, as the developer of our home carefully cleared a pad just large enough for our home, and retained much of the native habitat, including several large alligator junipers, pinyon pine, scrub oak,...

Ubiquitous birds—they are all around us

Ubiquitous birds—they are all around us

This past week, we traveled to Provo, Utah for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. I’ve made countless trips to Utah since the time my parents moved there in 1977. While my parents have been gone for many years, we have kept their home in the family. Four generations...

Birding: The intelligence and ingenuity of wild birds

Birding: The intelligence and ingenuity of wild birds

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had several opportunities to be a bird guide — both for private parties as well as for Jay’s Bird Barn. In the last week, I have birded several times at Watson Woods and at both Watson and Willow Lakes, and it has been very “birdy.”...

Birding: Post-breeding dispersal behavior already underway

Birding: Post-breeding dispersal behavior already underway

During breeding season, wild birds gravitate to their preferred habitat. For example, species such as blue grosbeaks and Bullock’s orioles typically nest in a riparian habitat, and white-breasted nuthatches typically nest in a coniferous forest. As migration activity...

Birding: Up close and personal experiences with wild birds

Birding: Up close and personal experiences with wild birds

I had two unusual experiences this past week with wild birds that decided an open door was an open invitation to come inside! The first experience occurred at Jay’s Bird Barn. I was standing just inside the entrance to the store when one of my employees was returning...

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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