Deb has a good idea, Scott, about doing this on a weekend, early morning or after you are home from work. About an hour before dark is good time to catch them, I find – however, early morning is probably better, from daybreak to about 1-2 hours after. When/if you do catch a bird, Deb’s instructions are on target. If you use a clear plastic bag or WalMart sack (or white net laundry bag) when the bird flies up into the bag and you secure it with your hand around the bag, you can actually see what it is easily. I have learned to do this by myself, although to start with it is easier with 2 people. If I don’t have clear bag I just use regular plastic sack that is big enough to go over the box. After you secure the bird with your hand, being gentle until you know what it is, you can fold the sack back to see it, and if it is HOSP, just close sack back up & humanely dispose of it. If it is BB or other native just turn lose, and they will fly away, usually without any trauma.
I use clear plastic 13 gallon bags because often when I’m on the trail I have traps up in two or three boxes. The mesh Landry bag wouldn’t work because I’d need several and they wouldn’t fit in my little fanny pack. I can’t dispose of the vids on the trail so I have to wait tip til I get home. I’ve never had a house sparrow pierce the bag. But if I only had an occasional HOSP I’d probably choose the laundry bag method, you can see what bird you have easily.
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