July 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm #5431
I made a sparrow trap yesterday using the plans here: Brad’s DIY Sparrow Trap. I’ll keep it family friendly.
I caught a female HOSP. I went to grab it out of the trap with a glove on and it seemed like the bird kept trying to bite me. Do they bite and if so, will it cause any damage or health risk? How do you guys catch them to get them out of the traps? If I put a bag over the opening on top would it fly out into it?July 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm #5432dogsandbirdsModerator
I’m not surprised she went after you! They can break the skin but I don’t think it’s a health issue. A thick glove should offer adequate protection.
Some people use a gloved hand to extract the HOSP. Others euthanize while the birds are actually in the trap. You could try the bag over the opening if you want. I have no idea if that would work.
Atlanta, GAJuly 9, 2017 at 8:21 pm #5439
Thanks. There’s one less house sparrow now, although I can’t say I felt good doing it. I found a way to do it in the trap.July 9, 2017 at 8:47 pm #5440MaybelleParticipant
With a gloved hand that is also inserted into a plastic bag (like a bread bag), I hold the bird by the bottom of the plastic sack. Then as I pull the bag out of the trap, I also pull up the top of the bread bag. Then the bird is secure. I have seldom had one that bites, but the plastic glove is needed. If you turn a bird on its back, it will calm down. I leave it in the sack to dispose of it swiftly. I keenly dislike this part of caring for bluebirds, if I remember the scene of destruction when one got into our bluebird nest, it helps my attitude.
Willamette Valley, OregonJuly 9, 2017 at 11:02 pm #5443
Thanks Cari. I will try that again with my next one. I haven’t had a tragedy yet (this is my first year) but understand the problem and would like to help the native birds. The HOSP are certainly around and rearing their young. I don’t know how many are around but I see them more often than anything else.July 10, 2017 at 11:13 am #5447thcriParticipant
Thanks Cari. I will try that again with my next one. I haven’t had a tragedy yet (this is my first year) but understand the problem and would like to help the native birds. The HOSP are certainly around and rearing their young. I don’t know how many are around but I see them more often than anything else.
HOSP are around because there is plenty of food. I feed birds in the winter to help them along. As soon as I put food out the HOSP come around when I really don’t see them before I put the food out. As soon as spring comes and I gradually stop the food the HOSP are gone. I do trap also.July 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm #5487
I saw my first Carolina Wren today. Unfortunately, it was in my trap and I let him go. Poor thing.
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