|Above is one of my European Starling traps in a
Silver Maple tree. It is about 10 feet long.
I used a regular birdhouse without a bottom, then I had a 5" by 5" duct work made to deliver the birds to ground level.
Below shows the dramatic decrease in the Starling & Sparrow populations I have obtained by agressive trapping.
English Sparrows trapped---
in other types of traps
Sparrows won't go into the Starling trap
I got the idea for the trap when I realized that Starlings will jump into any dark area. We have a couple open ports in our grain elevator leg distributor and the Starlings will jump down the 50 foot downspouts and get trapped in the bins.
I place a bag over the screen access door at the bottom so the duct work is dark inside. The Starlings jump in and can't fly back out.
The great thing about this trap is that no other "Good" birds will jump into it.
I have made trip door traps for several regular bird houses to
catch the cautious English sparrows. I wait until the sparrows
choose a birdhouse and then put a trapping house in its place.
You MUST!! monitor these type of traps as "Native Song" birds can also become trapped.
I also use a commercially built trap insert for my Purple Martin house. The trap hole is big enough for the sparrow to enter but too small for a Martin to enter.
I start trapping English Sparrows in late winter when we start
getting warmer days. The Native Song birds haven't returned so
it is safer to trap sparrows at this point in time.
A note from a Falconer ----
Contact your local falconer, either through the American Falconers Association or your state club. If you have a problem with starlings and sparrows then falconers are the solution. A lot of apprentice falconers fly the american Kestrel which is deadly on the two trash birds. One Kestrel can kill as many as 200 head of these birds in one season. And I'm sure the falconers would be very appreciative. And I'm sure that they would let you enjoy the hunt with them.
It can be an amazing time. I would also encourage you to let other bird lovers know of this