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.

Recapping the great backyard bird count event

Recapping the great backyard bird count event

First, a hearty thank you to all of those who offered their homes for the Great Backyard Bird Count event. Over a three-day period we visited 11 different homes and we were received like royalty. The hospitality and the birds were great. Last Saturday, as part of the...

The great backyard bird count is coming up

The great backyard bird count is coming up

It is not too early to be thinking about the annual Great Backyard Bird Count sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The four-day count period is Feb. 17-20. Here are some interesting statistics from last year's count: a total of 92,218 checklists were submitted...

Watson Lake area is bird-of-prey heaven

Watson Lake area is bird-of-prey heaven

Last Friday I went birding to quickly scout out the area where I would be leading a bird walk the next day. I did a quick run-through to see what birds we might reasonably encounter the following day. Saturday morning we made a brief stop at the overlook on Highway 89...

Centennial birding challenge underway

Centennial birding challenge underway

Sunday, Jan. 1, was the first day of the year-long Birding Arizona Centennial Challenge. For me, Sundays are a church and family day, so I didn't go birding, but that doesn't mean I didn't see any birds. Bird-watching is as easy as looking out the window! My first...

Annual Christmas bird counts take place next week

Annual Christmas bird counts take place next week

Monday is the Chino Valley Christmas Bird Count, and Wednesday, Dec. 21, is the Prescott Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. At the request of one of the local Audubon members, I am sharing a message today she felt was important to Prescott residents. Individuals...

Woodpeckers, walks and Willow Lake

Woodpeckers, walks and Willow Lake

On my day off last week I headed west on Thumb Butte road into the National Forest to see if I could find a flock of Lewis' woodpeckers that had been reported a day or two earlier. Lewis' woodpeckers are considered a "casual" visitor to the Prescott area, meaning they...

Celebrate the birds of Arizona with Centennial Challenge contest

Celebrate the birds of Arizona with Centennial Challenge contest

I love Arizona. I love its amazing geologic and biologic diversity with its deserts, grasslands, forests and mountains. I love the climate, the abundance of sunshine and the spectacular sunsets. I love the flora and fauna. I am absolutely enthralled with the Sonoran...

Becoming a field birder takes practice and a good guide

Becoming a field birder takes practice and a good guide

A lot of "field birders" have been out and about this past week conducting reconnaissance in their assigned areas for this year's Christmas bird count. With so many great birders out in the field, there have been some really good finds - including a pair of...

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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