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.

Return of the quail-Nesting under way

Return of the quail-Nesting under way

Over the last few weeks, I have noticed the return of Gambel's quail to my yard. While some folks enjoy having coveys of quail in the yard year-round, it is not uncommon in many residential areas for the quail to "disappear" from September to March. Unlike many of our...

Bird-watching opportunities abound in April

Bird-watching opportunities abound in April

A significant change in the local bird population occurs during the month of April. Unlike the last several months when the variety of birds occurring in the area has been fairly stable, during April you will begin to witness a tremendous shift in species, with winter...

‘Road Scholar’ birding week a big success

‘Road Scholar’ birding week a big success

Last week I wrote about the first two days of my "Road Scholar" birding trip. On day three, our group of 22 birders visited the Hassayampa River Preserve, which is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. It wasn't a really birdy day, but we still managed to find...

Birding in the desert

Birding in the desert

I am in Wickenburg this week leading a bird watching trip for a Northern Arizona University Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) program. The program started on Sunday and at first, I wasn't sure if I was even going to be able to get here. The weekend snowstorm was...

Invite birds into your yard this spring

Invite birds into your yard this spring

When new customers come into our store and ask how they can attract birds to their yard, my first recommendation is to create an inviting habitat. Providing birdseed and water is good, but planting a variety of plants in your yard is even better. Several years ago...

What are those big black birds at local lakes?

What are those big black birds at local lakes?

As the owner of a backyard wild bird store, I am asked a lot of questions about birds. A frequent question this time of year is the identity of the large black birds that are found at Willow, Watson and Lynx Lakes. I am not talking about ravens, which is another...

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...

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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