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.

Don’t mistake that pine siskin for a lesser goldfinch

Don’t mistake that pine siskin for a lesser goldfinch

In a typical year lesser goldfinch numbers in the Prescott area dip in winter, dropping by as much as half from our spring and summer numbers. This year our goldfinches left early, and they left in record numbers. Over the past few months, sales for finch seed have...

Wild birds and winter survival

Wild birds and winter survival

Last week's winter storm provided a vivid reminder of how fragile life can be for wild birds, literally living on the edge of survival from day to day. Between the snow and frigid temperatures, wild birds were forced to use their best instincts to survive (with a...

Bad weather a downer for bird-watchers

Bad weather a downer for bird-watchers

The Prescott Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count was Dec. 22. I was joined by my son, Jeremy, one of our employees, and a customer as we worked to discover the hidden bird treasures of the Granite Basin Recreation Area. Now before I start telling you about...

Giving back to nature in the New Year

Giving back to nature in the New Year

In my advertising over the past few weeks I have been using the phrase, "Give the gift of nature this Christmas season." If you wanted to give gifts to your wild-feathered friends, what are some ideas of gifts you could give? Well, I am glad you asked, because I have...

Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count can hold some surprises

Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count can hold some surprises

The annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count is on Wednesday, Dec. 22, and I have been preparing for this event by scouting my assigned territory - Granite Basin Recreation Area. This is a very large area geographically to cover in one day, but I will focus most of...

Bring a scope for optimal bird-watching at Willow Lake

Bring a scope for optimal bird-watching at Willow Lake

Over the past two weeks, I have been able to do some bird-watching around Willow Lake. I highly recommend spending some time there. The number of waterfowl at the lake has increased dramatically over the last two months. One suggestion when birding at the lake - if...

Winter is the most vital time to put out food, water for birds

Winter is the most vital time to put out food, water for birds

Our recent cold spell has given me cause to reflect on what wild birds need to survive in winter. Birds are warm-blooded and have a high metabolism, requiring enormous food intake to maintain a fairly constant body temperature in order to survive. If there is ever an...

Read bird suet labels to ensure nutritional value

I was recently doing a house-sitting job for a customer and was refilling his seed and suet feeders. When it comes to wild bird feed, I have a habit of looking at labels and reading the ingredient list and nutritional information. I was glad to see that the first...

Birding in Missouri – in spite of setbacks

Birding in Missouri – in spite of setbacks

As mentioned in last week's column, I was in Missouri again this past week for the second time in two months. When we arrived Wednesday, we had a few hours to kill before meeting up with our son, Jeremy, at Fort Leonard Wood. I attempted to do some impromptu birding....

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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