Just thought I’d offer encouragement to anyone who has not trapped yet or has with no success. I figured aftrr a dud year I would focus on eliminating my #1 problem. House sparrow numbers. I was inspired by a guy on youtube who virtually eliminated them from his neighborhood to the point he only has to trap a few every year. He started his first year trapping more than 500!
Anyways. I put the trap out every afternoon now. Simple cage sparrow trap. I bait it with white bread and place it in the open on the grass. I have caught 4 to 8 sparrows every day since Saturday easily. Put them in the laundry net bag each round and start again. I am going to do this all year long until there is some peace around here. For anyone with HOSP problems don’t wait until spring to start trapping. Once you get in a groove just keep going. I regret not doing this last offseason. Live and learn. Have a great Autumn!
Good for you, Phillyblues – keep up the good work. For some reason I don’t have luck with the repeat trap – only the inbox VanErt trap. But that doesn’t mean I won’t try it again. Right now I don’t have many HOSP around and I am feeding worms to my blues. Have had more trouble with a stubborn thin red cardinal who keeps getting into my cage feeder somehow. But when I start feeding suet around first of October those HOSP will probably show up and I may try my repeat cage again.
That is great news phillyblues. What a way to get through the Cpvid restrictions. Reducing the HOSP population is a good way to relieve stress and do something positive for the “birding” community. Keep up the good work.
Keep up the good work – yes, like David said, it is a GREAT way to relieve the stress of COVID by reducing the HOSP population! I’m thinking about putting in my VanErt trap on one of my boxes where I believe HOSP are spending the nights – but it would require very close watch and it is VERY cold here in Missouri now.