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  • in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #974
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    Have you tried to elevate your trap? I have mine up about three feet, and it seems to work better that way then on the ground.

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

    in reply to: They're back already #971
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    I was at Swan Creek Metropark in the back of one of the prairies on the west side of the park. Kind of stumbled into them. Realized that there were a few BBs around, and then realized that every small bird around us was a BB! Stood and watched for about 15 minutes. It was a clear, sunny, bright day, and both the males and females really stood out!

    And, yes, we have seen them there all winter(not in those numbers though), as well as at Wildwood and Secor Metroparks.

    Just put up a box today, although with the forecast 4-8″ of snow for Thursday, it will probably just get snowcovered for now…

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    in reply to: They're back already #950
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    In a local park this morning, I found myself in a flock of over 20 bluebirds. Guess they are back in NW Ohio too, although some always overwinter.

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    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #892
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    I wonder what the HOSP mortality rate is in the winter? I have captured a lot since last summer, but I have not caught one in almost two weeks. And very few are showing up at my feeders either… I know I had to have knocked their numbers down, and maybe mother nature is helping out right now. Of course, once spring arrives, it will start all over again.

    Neat that a pair of BBs were scouting your box! A friend of mine had six in his back yard yesterday, with a couple checking out his boxes.

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #855
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    So how are you doing with winter trapping? I’m seeing mixed results. A lot some days, but 0 for days on end…

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #829
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    I’ve been skunked the last 3 days. Released a female cardinal just now and a junco yesterday, but 0 HOSPs in the trap. Not many birds at my feeder either, of any type. There are HOSPs around my yard, so maybe a trap move or a change of bait is in order…

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    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #827
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    Catching a lot more juncos since we got a snow cover. There are more in my yard, and especially at my feeders since the snow. Getting 4-5 Juncos and 4-5 HOSPs per day. Have to check the trap a couple times a day to get the juncos out…

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #826
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    Glad I pulled the traps, as we are now getting heavy snow. The juncos are mobbing my feeders this morning. They are the only birds I have seen so far, but it is so windy that they are actually having problems flying to the feeder!

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #824
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    I pulled mine tonight because of the possibility of early morning snow. I’ll put them back out after it stops.

    I ended up getting a second trap, but it looks like I have it in the wrong spot, as I’ve caught nothing but juncos. I put the new one out a couple of days ago, so I’ll try another area when I put it back out. My original trap, in the original spot, is still trapping them fairly regularly(another 30 since the first of the year). The trapping has slowed some, and I’m not seeing as many HOSPs around, so maybe I’m finally making a dent in the population. With it looking like we are now going to really see more winterlike weather in the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see how many I trap.

    I’ve also watched several chickadees get onto the elevator, but they seem to be too light for it, and it just goes down a little bit, which scares them enough that they bolt out of there really quick! That’s fine with me, as I don’t want to trap them anyways!

    I have put a trail camera out pointing towards my compost pile, where I have been disposing of the HOSPs. Cats, opossums and raccoons seem to like the area now, as well as an occasional Coopers Hawk.

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    Chris
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    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #805
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    I generally use white bread as bait, but you are having better success than me right now – are you using millet and peanuts? What is your bait of choice?

    I use the same bait as what is in my feeder, as they are mobbing it right now. It’s mostly hulled sunflower seed, mixed about 4:1 with white millet. (4 scoops sunflower to 1 scoop millet). I get a 50lb bag of the sunflower for about $51 at a local seed store(Oaks Feeds), and the white millet at a nursery which stays open in the winter with bird feeding supplies(Black Diamond, $0.29/lb). I also have tried just straight millet, but if it’s windy at all, it just gets blown out of the trap… I’m going to try some bread though, as maybe that will be a nice change in windy conditions.

    I’ve been taking my trap into the garage at night, but that’s getting to be real work, so I think I’m going to try and just find something to cover it with. I might have an old mat around here somewhere. They do make a mess of the plywood that I put under it, so I’ve got several different boards to put under the trap, especially when taking it in the garage. And, yes, newpaper when in the garage… I’ve even taken the boards to a spray car wash(in the back of an old pickup :FeelingSick: ) to clean them off. Shouldn’t have to do that in normal weather, but since we have been really dry this year, they don’t seem to get cleaned naturally.

    With the forecast winds(>50mph gusts) and rain we had a few days ago, I pulled the trap completely for a day, and the next day, had no takers… Maybe they were recovering from the blow, as my feeder didn’t have much activity either. I’ve caught another 48 since 12/20(254 total), and there are hundreds more around the yard.

    I’m also considering getting a second trap. I’ve noticed that 8-10 HOSP seem to be the maximum I ever catch at once. I have a feeling that with about that many in the trap, they may start getting the others a bit leery. Or maybe it’s just my luck…

    Carol – Mid-Mo and Tammy: I’ll take a closer look at the VanErt trap as spring gets closer. Sounds like a winner!

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    Chris
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    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #788
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    Thanks for all the info! I think due to the record warm weather, I’m not seeing hardly any birds either at my feeder or in the trap in the last few days. I do see the HOSPs flying around though…

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #786
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    I plan on putting up a bluebird box in the spring, even if I have to clean it out a lot.

    I average about 7 HOSP per day, and the numbers haven’t backed off yet. Even yesterday, in the rain, I got 7, and in 4 hours this morning, I have another 7… I also had a female cardinal somehow make it into the elevator yesterday. Luckily, I was actually watching the trap when she entered it, so I was able to get her out quickly. This was even with my greatly reduced opening!

    I’m near Start High School, and don’t really have any grain operations that close, but I do have a lot of open space and fields near me, so maybe that helps keep the population up. And my hedge is the perfect habitat for the HOSP…

    If we were having a normal winter, I think tending to the trap would be harder, but I don’t really mind the cold that much. I’m out walking somewhere almost every day. Even tried snowshoeing last year, for the 1st time in about 30 years. I get cabin fever real quick, so getting out in most weather is not a problem for me.

    Just caught another HOSP as I was typing this… :TwoHosp:

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #782
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    I have mine on an upturned plastic garbage can about 3′ off the ground near where they sit before flying to my feeder. I have a piece of plywood under the trap. I started with the trap on the ground, but I was catching a lot of juncos and a few wrens. Then I went to some concrete blocks, but was still catching juncos. When I got it up on the garbage can, I’ve only caught HOSPs. I’ve thought about getting a post to mount it on.

    I use a pellet gun to dispatch them, and it is quick and humane. I use a wheelbarrow to move the trap into my garage overnight, where the temperatures stay about 20 degrees above outside. So far this winter, that has worked well. I try to keep two decoys, as they seem to roost together at night for warmth.

    I’ve caught 41 in the past 5 days… 209 since mid-summer, when I got the trap. But I have at least that many in a pyramidal arborvitae hedge in my back yard. I got the trap to reduce the HOSP population in that area. In the winter, the ground under that hedge turns white(and not from snow!). :FeelingSick: The hedge screens my garage and, in the summer, my RV, so I don’t want to remove it.

    Since I’m home more in the winter, I have the trap out constantly now, as in the summer, I was always going to one place or another.

    Some day I’d like to try a bluebird house, but that’s just not possible right now. But, my cooper hawks and raccoons are eating well! :scared:

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #769
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    The HOSPs around my house seemed to have abandoned my feeder for now. Nothing in the trap for several days either, as the warm weather moved in. Caught 47 in the week before the warm spell, but saw at least that many in flocks in my yard during that timeframe.

    Two juncos and a wren early this morning… At least the wren and the juncos had no problem finding the door as soon as I opened it! And I do have the trap setting 3′ off the ground on a plastic garbage can. Baiting with white millet I got from a local garden center store, as well as sunflower chips that are normally in my feeders.

    Glad you are setting up again, Tammy, so I have have someone to compare notes with.

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    Chris
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    in reply to: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap Information #767
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    I’ve been noticing that I catch a lot when the weather is cold, but hardly any when it’s warm like the last few days. Guess they have enough food elsewhere. My feeders have been quiet during this warm spell too…

    Chris
    Toledo, Ohio

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