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Eric Moore

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Recent nature sightings

This past Saturday I spent several hours doing yard work, and in the process saw bees, wasps and several species of butterflies.

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Birding: Eastern birds and ‘our’ western birds

Greetings from the Town of Herndon, Virginia, located in Fairfax County. For the past week, Gayla and I have been visiting our son, Jeremy, and his little family as we welcomed granddaughter number three — Virginia.

Birding: Photo contest results

This past week we tallied the votes for our annual wild bird photo contest at all three store locations, and it was interesting to see the results.

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Birding: Celebrating wild birds

On Tuesday of this week, I had a speaking engagement in Phoenix for the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs at the Valley Garden Center, located less than a mile from the State Fairgrounds.

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Birding: Rare visitor shows up in Flagstaff

Early Monday morning as I was driving to Flagstaff for work, I received a phone call making me aware of a rare bird sighting at Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff.

Birding: Light jacket weather means more food for the birds

Weather-wise, I think October is my favorite month of the year.

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Birding: Industrious birds build nest in unusual location

We live in a day and age where there is a lot of pessimism, and a lot of bad news.

Birding: Birding on a bike

It is not uncommon for birding and nature festivals in Arizona to offer field trips where you can go birding on a bike, or on a bronco or by kayak.

Birding: Recent experiences in nature underscore the importance of being observant

In sports there is an expression of how important it is to “show up.” When it comes to wildlife observation, probably the most critical skill is to be observant.

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Birding: Native plants are for the birds

This has been a busy week for me with five speaking engagements.

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Birding: Subspecies within a species

When referencing field guides it is not uncommon to see wild bird species divided into subspecies, which are frequently referred to as “races.”

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Birding: Transient species are on the move — is that redundant?

As fall approaches, it is only a matter of weeks before some of our winter residents begin showing up — white-crowned sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, and yellow-rumped warblers.

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Birding: Controlling weeds without harming bird populations

At Jay’s Bird Barn, we get feedback every day from customers on the bird activity they are seeing in their yards.

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Birding: Midge flies benefit birds preparing to migrate

Last week I was in Provo, Utah, for a few days and had the opportunity to go bird watching at Utah Lake early one morning.

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Birding: Birding in Southeastern Arizona

This past week, I spent four days in Sierra Vista attending the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival.

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Column: Blue birds of the Central Highlands

I enjoyed participating in the Sedona Hummingbird Festival this past week, and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of hummingbirds this week at the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista.

Birding: Upcoming festivals provide opportunity to see hummingbirds

The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is this weekend at the Sedona Performing Arts Center located at Sedona Red Rock High School.

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Birding: Monsoon rains provide welcome relief

If April showers bring May flowers, what do our summer monsoon rains bring?

Birding: Birds brighten and beautify our world

I saw a northern mockingbird in Prescott Valley earlier this week by the YEI! Antelope Point facility where our birdseed ingredients are stored.

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Birding: Impact of one plant species in a biotic community

This past week I was in Tucson for a few days enjoying a sibling reunion with my four sisters.

Birding: Rowdy roosting ravens raise a ruckus

Our home sits on a short cul-de-sac just off of Rosser Street. We have a very large ponderosa pine tree in our yard, which is quite unusual, as there are very few ponderosas in our neighborhood.

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Birding: Hummingbird nesting behavior

I have a friend who has been monitoring a hummingbird nest he discovered only a few feet off of the main trail at Lynx Lake

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Birding: The importance of water for wild birds in summer

The sudden arrival of summer-like weather has brought to mind the importance of water for wild birds.

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Birding: Baby birds face a lot of hazards

On Sunday, May 7, we found a tiny dead baby quail in our front yard.

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Birding: Bird-a-thon results by the numbers

Saturday, May 6th, Team Jay’s Bird Barn set out at 5:00 a.m. to begin our Bird-a-thon.

Birding: A successful week of birding at the Verde festival

I spent four days this past week at Dead Horse Ranch State Park participating in the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival.

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Birding: Nesting activity is in full swing

This past week, one of our employees led a free Jay’s Bird Barn bird walk to Stricklin Park and Thumb Butte.

Column: Birdathon fundraiser

The annual Prescott Audubon Society Birdathon will take place the first week of May.

Verde Valley Birding Festival is just around the corner

As spring progresses, migration activity continues to pick up. Already I am receiving reports from customers here in Prescott who are seeing orioles at their feeders.

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Column: Wrapping up Wickenburg

After writing last week’s column, I had three more days of birding left in the Wickenburg area, resulting in a variety of additional bird observations — some of which we did not see the previous week.

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Column: Week two in Wickenburg

In last week’s column I wrote about the first two days of last week’s Road Scholar birding program that I am leading for Northern Arizona University.

Birding in the Wickenburg area

Time flies when you are having fun bird watching!

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Column: Yard bird activity

For most people, there are reoccurring events in nature that serve as symbols for the arrival of spring.

Column: Preparations for spring bird activity

The calendar shows that spring is still more than a week away, but I know I’m feeling it, and the birds are feeling it too.

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Column: Birds of the West Indies

Last week I wrote about some of my bird watching experiences while in Florida. My wife and I, along with her siblings and their spouses, did a western Caribbean cruise on Princess Cruise Lines out of Fort Lauderdale.

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Lots to see on a quick birding trip to Florida

A few weeks ago I shared a bucket list idea of visiting all 50 states and seeing the state bird in each state.

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Birding bucket list

In our culture we hear a lot about having a bucket list — a list of things you would like to do or accomplish before you kick the bucket.

Wild birds find food in unlikely locations

Over the last few weeks, I have noticed a sharp increase in lesser goldfinch activity at my nyjer feeder.

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Feels like spring is right around the corner

Happy Groundhog Day! What a difference a week makes. A week ago, we were buried in snow and morning temperatures were in the teens.

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Column: Wild bird survival all about food

This past week I have enjoyed receiving emails from customers sharing their experiences of bird activity in their yard as a result of our snowy weather.

To flee or to stay put - how animals see danger

Last week I was in downtown Atlanta attending the America’s Mart trade show.

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Midwinter Bald Eagle survey results

This past Saturday, I participated in the annual midwinter Bald Eagle survey sponsored by the Prescott National Forest.

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Area lakes are filling up with recent storms

Our recent snowfall and abundant rains have produced an incredible amount of runoff.

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Birding column: Parking lot birds

One aspect that is unique to the hobby of bird watching is that you can participate in this sport no matter where you are.

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Column: Where do birds sleep at night?

I am frequently asked by customers where birds sleep at night—especially in the winter time.

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Birding in Sonora, Mexico

Growing up in Tucson, I developed a great love for the Sonoran Desert.

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Birds observed in unusual places

Early Tuesday morning, as I stepped out the backdoor to fill our re-circulating waterfall and pond, I noticed a male Anna’s hummingbird sitting on a rock in the waterfall having a good bath.

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Bird activity before Sunday’s storm

On Sunday afternoon, a few hours before the snow started falling, I noticed a single hummingbird on the one remaining hummingbird feeder I have in my backyard.

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Recent bird sightings in the Prescott area

I was able to get out in nature this past weekend and had several interesting observations—the first being in my own yard.

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Tips on winter bird feeding

As we inch closer to winter, many of our more common winter residents are a regular sight at our feeders.

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