House sparrows Archive

House Sparrows like millet from the wildbird seed mixes we put out. They also like donuts, bread etc. Try simply using Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and Thistle/Nyjer and see what happens. We are trying it here but we made the mistake of leaving out donuts for the chickadees (because we read that chickadees love them and we love the chickadees sooo….) If you have any ideas other than this and crazy-bird-killing… I’d love to know. Let us know. We are sick of the House Sparrows

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That may NOT be the question. The question may be how to kill pest birds (house sparrows, starlings etc.). We have been infested with these pesty birds and so we thought we would start to research viable solutions to our new Sparrow/Starling problem. We came across many sources of information on how to rid your house or yard of these pests. From elaborate (and expensive) ultrasonic sounding devices which emit very high and apparently frightening sounds to the birds for anywhere between a couple of feet up to a couple of miles–to–suggestions of bird food unpalatable to these nasty winged bullies. We also found traps. Sparrow/Starling traps. Perfect. First, we needed to know how they kept other birds out (not allowing them to be trapped) [&hellip

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Our birdy feeders have been seemingly sparse lately, or so we thought but then we realized we have attracted bully birds to our porch. The crows have always been a welcome bird. For the most part they do not harm or disturb the other little birds. We began feeding them and then branched out to other birds. Soon, we had many birds and the pigeon showed up. Again, they came but did not disturb the other birds. They ate and left. So, we did not fret about them. But now a host of House Sparrows and a chattering of European Starlings have showed up and well, these birds are menacing. They swoop in and frighten off the small birds. They even chased off our frequenter [&hellip

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Sparrows are often thought of as pests the world over. The following story both exemplifies and questions this view of the sparrows. During China’s Great Leap Forward China found itself with an ever-increasing population but lacking the food to feed all its people. Desperate to keep every grain for his people, Mao examined the various causes of grain loss. Each year sparrows eat tons of grain which humans could consume. Believing it best to eradicate the Tree Sparrows, Mao instituted a 4-year campaign to kill these Tree Sparrows plaguing China’s crops. This came to be known as the Great Sparrow Campaign or the Kill a Sparrow Campaign and was widely thought to be logical upon its inception. How were they going to kill these sparrows? [&hellip

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