Now that the nests are emptying

Welcome to the internet's gathering place for Purple Martin enthusiasts
Post Reply
Posts: 51
Joined: Tue Jul 06, 2004 6:00 am
Location: Virginia/Scottsville

Now that almost all my Martins have left, those d*** sparrows are moving in. Living in open farm land, I can never be sparrow free. So what do the landlords with all their gourds/houses do to prevent invasions? I am going to take mine down for the winter hoping the sparrows will go far, far away. I have tried blocking entrances with pipe insulation, which sparrows tear apart. But if I couldn't take them down, how do the large colonies handle this? Thanks in advance!
Love the gurgles
Annie G
Posts: 341
Joined: Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:09 pm
Location: Wisconsin/Portage

Suem.. I am also in the country so I set a few sparrow traps and shoot them. I use the swimming pool noodles to plug most of the holes and then put traps in the rest. The pmca has a great selection of traps you could use. I trapped only 4 sparrows this year but shot 34 starlings in the early spring. I use a 17 hmr rifle. Getting rid of them now will help keep numbers down in the spring. Good luck! Annie
Keep trying and keep your chin up, its easier to see the martins coming!!
Post Reply