Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spring is here and we are starting to see Snipes! What kind of bird are they?

Every spring, the birds come out and we love to watch and hear them. Some even put out a lot noise when you get in their neck of the woods.

There are birds that can haul it for a short distance and then have to shut it down after 100 meters, and there are birds that can go from north to south and not fatigue.

No question, many birds have different tissues to respond to stimuli that normally evoke muscular contraction.

Did you know that not all birds have the same muscle tissue? Not all birds are the same. Look at a duck's muscle and note the dark tissue, due to mitochondria that function in cellular metabolism and respiration. Then look at a ring neck pheasant and note the lighter color (white) tissue, also known as a game bird. The pheasant can run, jump and make distance fast. It only hits it for a short distance and well, game over. On the other hand, the duck can have a long flight. Call it "Bird Sense."

It is said that "birds of a feather fly together." I suspect the sounds they make are the same given their environment and time they spend together. But then you see a few birds on their own. Bodie Miller, a very different bird, does his own thing. This bird has put distance from the US Ski Team. He is winning races.

There are many different birds in the sport of cycling. Take the Snipe. Pretty much likes its own natural environment work and live. They are develop maximum independence while doing their own thing.

The Snipe: A wading bird of wet meadows with the very best brown camouflaged plumage and a drumming display flight. If you attempt to get to close to the snipe it may set into flight. There are several species, e.g. The common snipe gallinago.

You can be looking right at them and not know they are there!

When growing up, we use to take people out snipe hunting in the dark as a joke. We would provide the novice outdoors person a bag and set them out in the woods. Then we would leave him and see how long he would stay out there. A few times, we would sneak up on them in the dark and make bear sounds and watch them climb the nearest tree. That was good fun!

ORGIN Middle English: Of Scandinavian organ; compare with Icelandic myrisnpa; related to Dutch snip and German Schnepfe

But there is another type of snipe. The Sniper - this bird takes shots at something from a hiding place, attacking from afar with a sly or verbal attack. It may be considered "fight or flight" as our science continues to unveil more truths! The sniper wants to know everything we are doing...Why does the sniper worry about us?

It seems that we are stepping into their woods and they feel that our science (the tools we use) might endanger their informal ways. Perhaps the science is going to make a few birds leave the meadows, as they are having a hard time with the difference our science is making. It goes against what they have been sounding, as they attempt to make a living.

In the past, it has been very easy to tell people anything on how to best ride a bike. If it didn't work, well they might not have come back for more. But when someone sees the light the camouflaged ideas go away!

Think of it this way: If you have 30 people paying you 100 plus per month for information, that is $3,000 per month or $36,000 per year just for making your bird sounds! If you are a good looking bird you might get a lot of bird watchers!

We are hunters of more truth. We don't mean to kill off the birds, but the birds better present more truths or they will be unveiled and won't be able to make a living in the woods.

We have always heard of the myths that go along with this bird (snipes). But by using our bird dogs, transmitters, and newly aligned custom fitted shot guns (bikes) we are finding them out! The snipers have heard that we now use video out in the meadows (or next to them on the road). We are learning a lot!

No matter how fast these birds are, we are finding them out,as we use science to bust their myths! Perhaps the only thing these birds can do is snipe at us from a far as they become endangered.

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