|Nest box type trap (for complete instructions, post or e-mail me (mailto:email@example.com ).|
|Bottom door to remove birds (I put a plastic bag around the opening when I take the bird out, so it won't escape)|
|Front view: door runners to keep it in line & stopper underneath (box trap)|
|Place mouse traps in strategical spots where only H. Sparrows go, like under a car in your drive way (shown)...|
|...or on the side of the hous, if you havn't noticed other birdsd come this close.|
|"The Electric Birdbath" (the bird sits on the ring, drinks out of the bowl, I plug it in, and, Bang!, no more bad bird! (not tried out yet, not right season. Don,t ever leave this one plugged in!!)|
Friday, December 3, 2010
Among the many different options of weapons for Starling control, the air rifle is a must! I now have a Gamo Bigcat 1200. This company, Gamo, is my favorite as they really seem committed to their cause. For example, they test every batch of airgun pellets produced by firing a random selection about 20-30 yds. away. If the grouping is outside of a 1 3/4 clump, the whole batch is remelted. Also find how they put air rifles to the test and see some amazing airgun hunts at Gamo USA. Its hard to beleive how a .177 cal. pellet can take down a wild boar in a single shot!
|Here are my weapons!|
|Gamo Big Cat fitted with Burris 3-7 X 32 air rifle scope. (Big Cat uses 177. cal. pellets, and shoots at 1000 fps. with ordinary pellets, and 1200 with PBA pellets, which are exclusive from Gamo)|
|View through the scope|
|Crossman Pellets: Although Crossman is a good make, I have noticed less accuracy. Go with Gamo!|
|Umarex Steel Storm 420, uses 177. caliber BB's, shooting them at 430 fps.|
|The Steel Storm has a 30 round magazine (shown), and a 300 round resevoir!|
|Standard sights on the Steel Storm|
I also sometimes use a slingshot, shown under the Steel Storm in the big photo, but I don't get to use it often, because of the others weapons superior power and accuracy. I use approximately marble sized rocks.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
These little guys are also natives of Europe, but just by looking at their innocent expressions, you can tell they never do much damage, and they're also protected. One way to tell the Eurasian Tree Sparrow from the male H. Sparrow is its smaller size (H. Sparrow = 5 1/4", E.T. Sparrow = 5"). Both the House Finch female and the E.Tree Sparrow are slimmer than the House Sparrow, except in desert regions, where it has adapted more efficiently to a slimmer size. Other diferences are marked under the photos.
|Typical slim adult Eurasian Tree Sparrow: note brown cap, black cheek spot, absence of wide wing bar.|
|Adult female House Finch: Though the bill is the same size as female H. Sparrows, note belly streaks and lack of eye stripe|
Although Starlings and House Sparrows are not protected nationwide, specific states and counties have their own book of rules, so its always a good idea to review these first! As I mentioned earlier, Rock Doves (Pigeons) are protected in a few states. If you are allowed to shoot on your property, there are most probably some rules on this too, such as a minimum of an acre of land etc. In my case, we have 3/4 of an acre, but our neighbors have a full acre, and allow our family to use their property, so I'm o.k. on this end. According to a man I talked to from the MO Department of Conservation, you can hunt on public hunting property in MO, but need a hunting license to do so, and must follow specific rules of the property. Also according to him, a license is not required for public land that you have permission to use. Any one can trap these birds on their own, as well as permissioned property, and I'll have photos later on of what traps I use.