Saturday, March 19, 2011

Don't Defeat a Main Purpose for Starling Hunting

It's easy to get carried away with Starling Hunting and forget that one of the main purposes for which we eradicate Starlings is to help other cavity nesting birds, so remember to make a few birdhouses for a good variety of species. Manage them well, keeping unwanted tenants out, like Starlings and H. Sparrows, of course, and Squirrels (when getting rid of the legally "huntable" species, remember to leave them until settled, then ambush them at night), and cleaning the houses out yearly. I just completed a log house, made from a naturally hollowed out piece, with plywood for the floor and ceiling.
The log came from my new job for this year, taking care of the property of the Larimore House Plantation, the same place where we usually have the Art Festival. We (the owner, his son, and I) were working on some brush, and I found the hollow log.

Remember, safety first when building birdhouses, Oh, and don't forget the movie music! (that's the only reason for wearing the huge goofy ear gear!!)
Photo by Marjolaine

I'm looking forward to seeing this bird soon. What do you think it is?

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