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Published on Aug 29, 2011
Many birds flinch right before the impact. Why is this? I present some evidence - you decide for yourself.
Does the bird see the pellet? Does he hear the muzzle blast? Does he hear the pellet whistling? Can birds see 1/10 second into the future? :)
All birds shot in this video are "pest species" as defined by the U.S. government. They can be shot at any time of the year.
The majority of the birds in this video were English House Sparrows. The name is a bit misleading - the bird is actually a finch. They are scrappy little farts, and their aggressive nature has made them the most abundant songbird in North America.
Seriously, READ - BEFORE you go shooting your mouth off about things you do not understand. Or, do a Google search on the House Sparrow. It will take you less time than writing a nasty 'ol comment, and you may just learn a thing or two. Bird enthusiasts and ornithologists are on my side. Put that in your pipe, and smoke it! :)
"Without question the most deplorable event in the history of American ornithology was the introduction of the English Sparrow." -W.L. Dawson, The Birds of Ohio, 1903
The slow-motion camera I use to film the shots through the scope is the Casio EX-FC150. That camera is no longer made, but you can buy its successor (which is actually a better camera than the one I use) here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004H3X1EI/...