Author Archives: Paul Hurtado

Record Breaking Nevada Big Day, May 2016

Running a successful Big Day requires local knowledge, lots of scouting, a well-planned route, some skill, and a fair amount of luck (among other things, e.g., a lot of caffeine). This past Sunday, May 15th, it all came together for … Continue reading

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Should common names of species be capitalized?

I prefer that the official common names of birds (and other species, for that matter) be capitalized, much in the same way that we capitalize the proper names of so many other things. However, some (like wikipedia and various editors), disagree.  But why? Are … Continue reading

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Birding tip: (Always) use video to document rarities!

Next time you try and document rare bird, or want to document a puzzling “mystery bird” you just can’t ID so you can see what others have to say, digital video should be your new favorite way to get those coveted documentation shots. … Continue reading

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Global Big Day 2015: Nevada Big Day Trip Report (158 Species!)

CORRECTION:  Originally counted at 157, Zachary Ormsby noticed a species missing from our final list below, and a quick check confirmed that we did actually have 158 species + Empidonax sp.! I’ve updated the checklist at the bottom of this post, and the numbers in … Continue reading

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Yellow Rail? Tiny quail?! A new Yellow Rail confusion species

This week, over fifty birders from across Ohio were treated to unprecedented looks at 2-3 YELLOW RAILS (well… except some or all were not rails!) hosted by a local farmer who’s son had found the birds in a patch of sorghum while setting up cattle fencing. … Continue reading

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Does it count? The case of the Common Loon

Listing. Eventually, it seems all birders who have been seduced by the listing game stumble across a would-be lifer (or would-be county-year bird, or yard bird, etc.) but they just aren’t sure whether or not “it counts.” So how do you know when a bird … Continue reading

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Ohio’s first documented Southeastern Field Cricket (Gryllus rubens)!

During the recent Ohio Ornithological Society annual gathering, based out of the Shawnee State Park Lodge, I joined an evening trip in search of Chuck-wills-widows.  We left a bit late, and didn’t pick up any Chucks, however we did manage to document … Continue reading

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