This week I learned that discount retailers have made bar codes three times larger and present on three sides of a product. This allows faster scanning, contributing to a 40% increase in productivity (i.e. checkout throughput). The snipe’s bar coded plumage extend the length of its back and head, mimicking the dark and light of the reeds within which it hides. These birds were hidden in plain view 20 feet from me. I guessed they might be there but found them only with binoculars.
I am looking forward to evenings with longer light and the chance to draw duels and courtship in the nature reserve once again.