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I had just been using millet feed for a while and had decent success trapping sparrows. Had no luck the past few weeks, and switched to feeding white bread and caught three the first day! Just goes to show you have to keep mixing it up to find what works.
We have ~10 acres at our place. The tree swallow and bluebird nests are on the ~2-3 acres on the northwest corner of our place, to the north side of a big creek that bisects our property. The central part of our place near our house is reserved for purple martins which have yet to take up nesting pairs so far, but hoping this year is our year!
This is the nest I’m assuming is a bluebird nest. There is another nest ~5 feet from this one with the same nesting material, but no eggs.
- This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by LonesomeDuck.
I have the boxes so close to each other because I’m trying to get tree swallows and bluebirds to nest in the same areas. So i have 8 boxes total, 4 in these pair formations where they are 5′ from each other, then 4 that are spread 100+ feet apart. Will take a picture of the nests tonight and get back to y’all. Thaqnks.
Suet is usually a good bait for starlings, but I think winter time is the main time to catch starlings with bait.
I switched to millet as the feed in my trap last week and have caught several sparrows since then. Up to ~100 sparrows and starlings killed since I moved in last year but they still keep coming! One or two male HOSP’s insist on perching on my purple martin house and I have yet to take them out, will only be a matter of time though!
As a kid we had a purple martin house with 1 or 2 nesting pairs. I’m a member of the PMCA so I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row and have luck the first year with my new colony. Have a Trendsetter 12 house with the SREH holes so hopefully all goes well there!
My name is Lee, my wife and I moved to an old farmhouse near Arcadia, Indiana last year. We are in the process of trying to establish a purple martin colony and bluebird nests on our property, so all the HOSP’s and starlings have to go! Will be a long fight but we are determined. Glad to have found this forum!
I’ve used a repeating sparrow trap since August of 2015. Results so far are 51 HOSP and 25 starlings trapped. Am thinking about getting an S&S controller trap to really ramp up the # of birds caught. Also caught a mouse or two in the repeating trap believe it or not! Funniest thing i’ve seen are hawks landing on the trap with birds in it and trying to take the whole trap away. Thankfully the trap weighs too much!
Looking to purchase one ready made. Was more interested in the two hole as I hear that there are some concerns about the smaller floor plans, particularly if tree swallows were to inhabit a nest. Was interested in finding one that might be suitable to hang in a tree as that’s one less object for me to run into with my zero turn mower or tractor!
- This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by LonesomeDuck.