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  • Snipes--very cool birds. :-)

    March 28, 2008

  • Which suggests an origin for the title word in de Maupassant's "Comtes de la Becasse", which I had always mentally translated as "Tales from the Hunt".

    March 28, 2008

  • "'And yet that dear boy José, whose uncle is a great shot, told me that the snipebecasina, Gallinago gallinago—the same bird as ours—was the very first of breeding birds that come down here on migration.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 258

    March 28, 2008