Hi. I have way too many sparrows! I have tried tying string around bushes that the sparrows hang out it in. but that hasn't stopped them. I have covered up holes on the feeder to at least limit the number of sparrows that can chow down the Sunflower seeds in the feeder.
Any ideas on how to get rid of the multitude of sparrows and keep the Cardinals?
I feed only BOSS and Safflower - Cardinals love Safflower - HOSP (Sparrows) will not eat Safflower or BOSS - they like the wild bird seed. (do not use it, and the sparrows will go away) Amen! NLM in SC Zn7
NLM, not sure about your Sparrows, but all of my House Sparrows chow down on BOSS here in my backyard in Massachusetts. I too have way too many of them and would love for them to leave.
Maybe I'll try Safflower. Thank God that they don't like Nyjer seeds that I feed to the American Gold Finches !
Well if they are House Sparrows, they are non native and are not protected under the migratory bird act and can be disposed of. That is what I do with House Sparrows. Other sparrows I like to have around.
However if you don't like that idea then maybe try just putting out safflower however I had heard of one person that said they had HOSP ate them too. I know the ones that come here do eat BOSS.
What is BOSS?
BOSS is black oil sunflower seed...
Hi, Thank you for your advice. I have a sparrow cage and I have caught 2 sparrows. I am happy to dispose of them, even one by one. What do you suggest that I use to dispose of them the easiest way?
Birds are fun (most of the time!)
I don't have a gun, so what poison should I use that is effective? I am open to ideas!
Thank you for your help.
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First I would like to check that you have correctly ID'ed your sparrows as being House Sparrows. If so....I am all for you trying to eliminate them. As Catbirds said they prey on our native birds and are not protected.
This is a great site that covers the questions that you asked:
Hope this helps and again Welcome to Bird Watching!
Jean ~ Taylorsville, Georgia
I have sparrows in the feeders that are brown striped. Not sure if they are song sparrows or just what kind. There are many of them that live in the large shrubbery near the feeders in the back yard. They were eating today with cardinals, chickadees at the feeders, but they sometimes leave when a large dove or jay lands on the feeder.
All the birds at my feeders eat BOSS and safflower seeds. They aren't fussy.
Let every day be a good day!
Thank you for the terrific, comprehensive website on dealing with House Sparrows. I have bought a sparrow cage from Tomahawk Live Trap from Wisconsin, website: www.livetrap.com. It does work. I get 2-4 sparrows at one time. It is a slow process, but it does work. There must be some wild animals somewhere, because the sparrows are dead in the morning.
What was discouraging was that after I had trapped 10 sparrows that had gone to sparrow heaven, the next time I put out seed in the feeder again after having none for a while during the time I was trapping sparrows, I counted 20-25. Whew! It seems neverending!!
I have just purchased the Magic Halo mentioned on the the http://sialis.org/hosp.htm. I hope that works too.
Thank you everyone, for your suggestions. I do appreciate it!!
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look up sparrow spookers on line and make some to see if this will keep them away
They eat the crap out of my boss. Bb gun. Have fun!
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