[Tweeters] Re: "Common" Nighthawk

Jason Hernandez jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 7 13:11:23 PDT 2016

We have to understand that "Common" is a geographically relative term in bird names. Consider mergansers. Of the three species we have here, the "Common Merganser" is the least common -- here. But in much of the rest of North America, it is the most common, hence the name. Common Nighthawks are indeed very common in other parts of their range.

Jason Hernandez
jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com

From: "Dan Reiff, PhD" <notcalm at comcast.net>
Subject: [Tweeters] "Common" Nighthawk
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
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Our family was having dinner outside on our deck last evening when a Common Nighthawk flew over, calling.
Also, I would propose that we change the name of this species. There is nothing common about it.
It is an extraordinary bird and I always enjoy their arrival. I heard two in Eastern WA on May 30th.
Any suggestions for a new name?

Dan Reiff
Mercer Island
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