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 at the Gilbert Water Ranch

Birding at the Gilbert Water Ranch

This past Saturday our family spent some time in the Phoenix area, which included time in Gilbert. I can't go to Gilbert without visiting The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, a 110-acre facility with seven large ponds, numerous trails, walkways, and wonderful native...

Spring-clean nest areas, bird feeders

Spring-clean nest areas, bird feeders

Now that we are enjoying spring-like weather, it is a good time to perform some spring cleaning-for the birds' sake. If you have nesting boxes on your property that you have not cleaned out since last season's nesting activity, I would do that right away. This is also...

Attracting American robins to your yard

In last week's column, I mentioned hearing American robins singing in the early morning hours. Many residents of Prescott have moved here from other parts of the country where they had robins and are pleasantly surprised to discover we have robins here as well.A check...

Bird activity starting to pick up

Bird activity starting to pick up

Over the last week or two, I have been seeing and hearing evidence of spring's imminent return - in spite of our winter storm this past weekend. American robins are singing sweetly in the early morning hours, and house finches are singing profusely throughout the day....

Great backyard bird count this weekend

Great backyard bird count this weekend

In last week's column, I asked the question "Why do you feed the birds?" I also briefly touched on Droll Yankees "Just Feed Birds and Make a World of Difference" campaign. Feeding birds can have a positive impact on the environment. Here is a quote from Droll Yankees:...

Why do you feed the birds?

Why do you feed the birds?

When I started Jay's Bird Barn back in 2003, we were selling 25-pound bags of Black-oil Sunflower Seed for just $8.99. There were times when I would even run a coupon in the paper and sell it for only $7.99! Right now, my cost for a 25-pound bag of sunflower seeds is...

Sharp-shinned hawks hunt in bushes, shrubs

Sharp-shinned hawks hunt in bushes, shrubs

Earlier this week, we had a sharp-shinned hawk working the bushes in our backyard. This is a fascinating species to watch. Their hunting technique is an active process. This is a bird that dives into small bushes and shrubs in an effort to flush small birds from the...

Anna’s hummingbirds are coming back

Anna’s hummingbirds are coming back

Over the last week and a half, the Prescott area has experienced an influx of Anna's hummingbirds. Ever since our weather turned unseasonably warm, I have been receiving daily reports on hummingbird activity from customers via e-mails, phone calls and face-to-face...

Warm weather confusing the birds and the bees

Warm weather confusing the birds and the bees

My family spent five days in Tucson over the Christmas holiday. On Christmas Day, we hiked Pusch Peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Hiking Pusch Peak is like climbing stairs for two hours as you make the 3,000-foot ascent from the trailhead to the summit. The...

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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