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Protecting his eye?

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I refilled the suet feeder at the state park today, and then stood behind a tree and waited. It took about 15 minutes for 3 chickadees, 2 nuthatches and this downy to show up. When I saw this first shot on my PC, I thought there was something wrong with his eye. Then I looked at the next shot and it looks normal. I assume it's some kind of protective membrane so he doesn't poke his eye out.

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That is the nictitating membrane. It is like a third eyelid they have for protection.

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Ah, yes. I remember last year posting a Baltimore Oriole with the same eye. I had forgot what it was called.

However, it brings up another question. What does he need to protect it from? There weren't any bugs out today.

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