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  • #7270
    tamsea
    Moderator

      What are you using for bait? This does happen quite often to me too.

      Tammy

      #7289
      ruthcatrin
      Participant

        White millet. And while its near the mealworm feeder its no where near any of the other feeders.

        #7310
        tamsea
        Moderator

          I’m sorry this is happening. White millet is what I use too. Some people swear by white bread. And that doesn’t seem to attract the natives. You could try that. Crumble it up. Raising the platform off the ground might help with the white crowned. It seems odd that you caught a downy. I only caught birds like that when I put in Suet to catch Starlings. Let me know how it goes. The goldfinch like bird could have been a pine warbler? or maybe a female oriole? or pine siskin?

          Tammy

          #7314
          ruthcatrin
          Participant

            Its on a platform over foot off the ground, though the grass around it needs to be cut (its been to wet to mow). The downy and the Orioles are whats really getting me. I did show my husband the female orioles and he says they’re bigger than what he removed from the trap. I’m leaning towards one of the yellow warblers, we have a couple of them here. I don’t have suet out at all. At least you’ve confirmed that I’ve not forgotten something major. I was standing by the window when the two female Orioles hopped into it. They literally flew down, landed on it, and then one after the other went in! WTH?! Oh well.

            #7323
            tamsea
            Moderator

              That’s pretty unusual…orioles and woodpeckers. But I think it will calm down some because some of the species are migrating through. You can try bread. Some people swear by it.

              Tammy

              #7324
              tamsea
              Moderator

                Maybe move it somewhere else for now and see if that helps. Just trying to brainstorm.

                Tammy

                #7326
                ruthcatrin
                Participant

                  Yah, I think I’ve caught what I’m going to catch in this location anyway, I’ve been debating moving it.

                  #23886
                  Chris
                  Participant

                    I think the starlings have wised up to the DRST trap. After using the trap successfully for some time this winter, i inadvertently set it and forgot to latch the rear door. Apparently the birds were going into the trap, eating, and exiting out the back door.

                    Now i have it reset, and i get plenty of starlings outside the trap, but now they perch just outside and reach in to grab cracked corn and suet (without triggering the elevator). Is it possible the escapees passed on their info to the rest of the flock?

                    Chris
                    SW Ohio

                    #23887
                    tamsea
                    Moderator

                      Chris. 😂 No, but I’m sure that’s what it seems like. It’s just so easy for starlings to reach their head in and get food. So, that’s probably what’s happening. Keep trying.

                      Tammy

                      #23917
                      Nancy
                      Participant

                        Help I can’t see how to start a topic, or even start a post, so I’m just replying to the post that showed up at the top after I registered to use the forum. Can’t see any 2022 posts either. I hope this forum is still active. My request is for a very careful description of how high up the tray entrance I should put the anti-squirrel wire. Halfway up from the wood bottom of the perch tray? Please be specific. After catching 25 HOSP, but more to go, a squirrel has learned how to stretch across the elevator area, and eat all the millet on the “attraction tray”. And a couple of days ago, I guess it pressed down on the elevator arm because the male decoy actually escaped! So I have to solve this problem asap. I read that a wire stretched between two screw will stop them, but I don’t know what height to put the screws/wire at. Help! My trapping is at a standstill. If I am not using this forum correctly, please respond directly to my email safevote2@yahoo.com. A picture and measurement in inches would be greatly appreciated!

                        #23918
                        stumpy75
                        Participant

                          My request is for a very careful description of how high up the tray entrance I should put the anti-squirrel wire. Halfway up from the wood bottom of the perch tray? Please be specific. After catching 25 HOSP, but more to go, a squirrel has learned how to stretch across the elevator area, and eat all the millet on the “attraction tray”. And a couple of days ago, I guess it pressed down on the elevator arm because the male decoy actually escaped! So I have to solve this problem asap. I read that a wire stretched between two screw will stop them, but I don’t know what height to put the screws/wire at. Help! My trapping is at a standstill. If I am not using this forum correctly, please respond directly to my email safevote2@yahoo.com. A picture and measurement in inches would be greatly appreciated!

                          My anti squirrel wire is about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the opening. I have to adjust it occasionally as the squirrel will try to get in, and he does move the wire around a bit.

                          Check out post 748 for a pic of my wire. It’s on the 1st page of this topic.

                          • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by stumpy75.

                          Chris
                          Toledo, Ohio

                          #23920
                          stumpy75
                          Participant

                            Maybe a little more active site? Facebook Group

                            • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by stumpy75.

                            Chris
                            Toledo, Ohio

                            #23994
                            tamsea
                            Moderator

                              Thanks for answering, Chris. I’ve never made a squirrel adjustment to my trap so I can’t help. I have no squirrels. Nice, huh?
                              It’s true, Nancy. You’ll get more immediate help if you join a FB group. Bluebird or Purple Martin groups would have ideas about this. Let me see if I can get to Chris’s photo and help you find it.

                              Tammy

                              #23995
                              tamsea
                              Moderator

                                Nancy. I’ll just use your email and copy Chris’s photos and send them to you. Hope that’s OK, Chris.

                                Tammy

                                #23996
                                stumpy75
                                Participant

                                  Nancy. I’ll just use your email and copy Chris’s photos and send them to you. Hope that’s OK, Chris.

                                  Fine with me!

                                  Chris
                                  Toledo, Ohio

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