trapping starlings

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lynnh
Posts: 390
Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:07 am
Location: Iowa, New Sharon

I have trapped over 862 starlings so far this year since Feb 13. I use a troyer v-trap and bait it with dog food.
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2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged
Archer
Posts: 757
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Manitoba/Altona
Martin Colony History: six pair in 2014, have grown to 52 pairs in 2017.

Wow, that is unbelievable. Do you think you could post a few more pictures of the trap. I have wanted to build one of these for a while now.
Congrats on your great captures.

Allan
2011- first year trying, a few visitors.
2012-One ASY pair, raised two young, lots of subby visitors. So thankfull.
2013-daily subby visits.
2014-Six SY pairs
2015-18 pair, 83 fledglings
2016-36 pair, 147 fledglings
2017-52 pairs, 192 fledglings.
2018-60 pair, 246 fledglings.
2019-59 pair, 238 fledglings.
jeffwilliams72
Posts: 267
Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:22 am
Location: Indiana/Carthage

That is amazing! Good job!
Just think how many nesting cavities you have made available, by eliminating so many competitors.
2008/1st pair/ 4 fledged
2009-2010 visitors only
2011/2 pr/9 eggs/8 fledged
2012/9pr/33 fledged
2013/27pr/101 fledged
phldave
Posts: 513
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:44 pm
Location: Iowa/Pleasant Hill
Martin Colony History: Started trying in 2012 and still trying

Lynn,

Holy cow! Way to go. Wipe um out. Keep your eyes open for those first PM scouts. I would almost bet you will see them yet this week. Post them on the scout report as soon as you see one, because as soon as you do I am going to start playing the dawnsong. They seem to really be pushing north.

Have a great year.
Dave
2012 late start
2013 nothing yet, lots a lookers
2014 Bust again
2015 Bust again
2016 Bust again
2017 Bust again
2018 April 14 a group joined me, but moved on after a week
2019 Had SY male seriously check me out but didn't stay
GregB->AR
Posts: 60
Joined: Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:39 pm
Location: NorthWest/Arkansas

Best wishes and hope you come back soon reporting your 200 millionth starling captured.
CHenry
Posts: 126
Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:18 am
Location: Tuttle, OK

Dang, how do you kill of all those? Back the trailer into the garage and start the car? lol
4th season Landlord - new Super Gourd system this year!

March 25 and they have finally arived!
BuddyS
Posts: 49
Joined: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:10 am
Location: MO/Chesterfield

I built a "mini" v trap and caught several in one day. You are spot on with the dog food. They love it.
Buddy Sowell
Darryl Sparlin
Posts: 167
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 4:01 pm
Location: Webb City, Mo

That is very impressive. I wish I had one of that type trap. Last week there
hundreds of them in my front yard. I'd like to try and build one like you have.
I have plenty of tubing, and a welder so I will try one of these days. Did you build yours by a set of plans? I love seeing people trying to eradicate them.
keep up the good work, as I'm sure the martins appreciate it.
Darryl Sparlin
lynnh
Posts: 390
Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:07 am
Location: Iowa, New Sharon

the plans for the Troyer V-trap is available in the PMCA shop. the record trapping day is 204, snow cover and baiting the trap with dog food and fresh water on a cold day can really increase the number of birds you trap. I have used the trap for 10 years now and trap well over 1000 a year. Dave, I hope the martins hold off alittle before they arrive at least a week till weather is warmer.
2007 2 pair 8 fledged
2008 4 pair 18 fledged
2009 21 pair 87 fledged
2010 44 pair 174 fledged
2011 68 pair 244 fledged
2012 82 pair 364 fledged
2013 82 pair 359 fledged
2014 86 pair 415 fledged
2015 101 pair 427 fledged
Ladybug
Posts: 203
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Indiana/ Jamestown
Martin Colony History: 2005-2019. Lots lookers, 2 successful nesting's.
2010- 1 pair nested,eggs destroyed(Wren).
2012- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2019- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged.

LYNN:
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. The less Starlings the better.
They are a real menace. Since we got rid of our HUGE OLD Oak
tree 2012, I have only see a few Starlings.
House sparrows( spatsie), I have caught 6 so far in my trap.
Thanks for the awesome photo.

PMCA Member.
2012- 1 pair, 5 eggs, 4 fledged.
2013- Visitors Only.
Joanne
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