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#90228
Was trying to get a video clip of the Redwing, a current occuring rare bird here in Victoria. Missed the shot but managed to add two others species to our list:

Red-breasted Nuthatch


Varied Thrush
#90260
White-throated Sparrow


I have been trying to get decent footage of this bird for some time. Like all sparrows, they rarely stay still. I lucked out this morning at Beckwith Park as this sparrow was beside the path in a sunny spot, preening.

Fox Sparrow (Sooty)


A yard bird I captured this morning. Not a lot of action in this footage but captured the Fox Sparrow song and chatter.
#90302
Great video of the Pygmy Owl and Song Sparrow.

And and nice close up capture of the Great Blue Heron and yes really cool that you can briefly see the 3rd translucent eyelid called the nictitating membrane. All birds have this and the purpose is to both moisten and protect the eye. Birds normally put their face where their food is located (on the ground, on branches, underwater, etc.) and that membrane will cover the eye when the bird when it strikes for the food. This makes sense as that is when it is most vulnerable to getting a foreign object like a grass blade, bark, tiny bug, water, or twig in the eye.

Cheers and good birding,
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