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.

2012 Centennial Birding Challenge comes to close

2012 Centennial Birding Challenge comes to close

The 2012 Centennial Birding Challenge is officially over now that we are in the New Year. As the year was winding down, I was still trying to add species to my 2012 state list. On Dec. 26, I added my final new species of the year - a Northern Waterthrush - finishing...

Icy conditions make bird watching a chilly challenge

Icy conditions make bird watching a chilly challenge

Wednesday, Dec. 19 was the annual Prescott Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. My assigned area was Granite Basin, from Iron Springs Road all the way to Granite Mountain. The night before the bird count, a fast-moving winter storm blew through Prescott. First was...

Bird-spotting efforts ramp up as Centennial Challenge winds down

Bird-spotting efforts ramp up as Centennial Challenge winds down

The year is winding down to a close very quickly, and I am feeling the need to get out and see more "new" birds before the 2012 Centennial Birding Challenge comes to a close on the 31st of December. I am pleased to announce that I added another species to my state...

Trip to Southeastern Arizona can expand your birding horizons

Trip to Southeastern Arizona can expand your birding horizons

On Tuesday, I worked at my Sedona store and decided to eat my lunch outside. At one point, I saw a large bird flying really high - so high that with the naked eye I couldn't tell what it was. I ran into the store and grabbed a pair of Swarovski binoculars and ran back...

Turkey tidbits on turkey day

Turkey tidbits on turkey day

A hearty Happy Thanksgiving to each of you! It only seems appropriate to write my column this week on turkeys in Arizona. Many folks don't even realize that we have wild turkeys in Arizona - but we do. I saw my first wild turkey in Arizona when I was a 13-year-old Boy...

In Winter, Where There’s Berries, There are Birds

In Winter, Where There’s Berries, There are Birds

This past week, I was able to squeeze in a little time to hike one of Prescott's fabulous trails. Last year, the City of Prescott built a new trail in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Arizona Statehood. Appropriately, the trail is called the Centennial Trail....

Sedona surf scoter Sighting

Sedona surf scoter Sighting

A little over two weeks ago, a surf scoter was discovered at Watson Lake. This rare visitor typically winters in the ocean - as one might gather by the name "surf scoter." It was just a year ago when a white-winged scoter was discovered at Willow Lake. It ended up...

Changing weather changes bird behavior

Changing weather changes bird behavior

According to the National Weather Service, we will be seeing our first major winter storm of the season this weekend. Predictions include rain, snow and much colder temperatures. Over the last several months, our feathered friends have been enjoying fabulous fall...

In search of a rare kite

In search of a rare kite

Two weeks ago, I received a phone call from a couple who live in Dewey/Humboldt. At the very moment they were talking to me on the phone, they were looking out the window at a White-tailed Kite in their backyard! What an amazing find as this is a species that does not...

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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