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By Eric Moore / Since 2019

Eric Moore, the owner of The Lookout, formerly Jay's Bird Barn, publishes a new article about wild birds and more every Thursday in The Daily Courier.

If you want to read his articles, they can be viewed directly on The Daily Courier’s website.

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Use Merlin app to improve your bird-identification skills

I got home on Monday from our trip to Germany and Austria. While in Austria we had th...

As seasons change, change bird-feeding practices

At this point, spring migration is still just a trickle, but the number of bird spe...

A trip down memory lane with a little birding thrown in

My wife, Gayla, served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day ...

Birding Festivals are back on track in 2022

While COVID is not necessarily in our rearview mirror, I am excited to announce that...

Birding at Granite Basin is super productive

This past Saturday I led a free Jay's Bird Barn (now The Lookout) guided bird walk to...

Spring is in the air and wild birds are on the move

Hummingbird sightings continue to come in. Since last week, I've had reports of four ...

May is best time of year to go birding

If you were to ask me, "When is the best time of year to go bird watching?" my answer...

Wild birds sporting green on St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! As I was thinking of a topic to write about this week, my mi...

Using diet as tool to aid in bird identification

Over the last two weeks, my column has provided helpful tips on how to improve your b...

A variety of different hummingbird species occur in Prescott

Arizona has the reputation for the greatest variety of hummingbird species in North A...

Nesting season is fraught with a lot of challenges

Nesting season has already been underway for several months for many early nesting bi...

Using habitat to help identify wild birds

In my column last week, I shared bird identification tips. Some of my recommendations...

Tips and clues to help with bird identification

As an avid bird watcher, I try to keep a record of every bird species I see. This mea...

Duck, duck, goose,' or should I say, 'geese?'

This past week I attended the Oasis Gift Show at the Phoenix Convention Center. As yo...

New opportunity for bird watching at the recharge facility

This past Saturday I led a Jay's Bird Barn (now The Lookout)- sponsored bird walk to ...

Unusual plumage results in mistaken identification

Recently I started receiving verbal communication from customers reporting they were ...

Reminiscing on my bucket list challenge efforts

We wrapped up our visit to our son, Jeremy, and his family in Virginia this past week...

Hobby of bird watching is great way to be lifelong learner

I had an experience this past week that really touched me. A woman, probably in her 7...

Happy New Year and happy birding from Virginia

Last week, as 2021 drew to a close, Gayla and I flew to Virginia to visit our son Jer...

The year in review - looking back, looking forward

As I review the past year - from a birding perspective - I am so grateful for the ...

Prescott Audubon Society Christmas bird count results

Last Wednesday, Dec. 15, was the Prescott Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Cou...

Where are all of our winter birds?

So far, our fall and winter migration activity has shown mixed results. Many of our t...

Berries are a way to attract bluebirds to your yard

I was driving eastbound on Rosser Street earlier this week, and just before I got to ...

Questions and answers about feeding hummingbirds in winter

On Sunday we were having a discussion at home as to whether anyone had seen a humming...

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about the owner

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 parent’s 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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