Counted 27 House Sparrows at the Feeders Today

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Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:13 am
Location: Kentucky/Morehead

I counted birds for Project Feeder Watch yesterday and today. Twenty-seven house sparrows may be a new record count since we moved here in 2004. It will take some work to trap and shoot that many house sparrows between now and April. It was not all bad news though. Ended up with 17 species of birds including a group of 13 turkeys and a first of season red-breasted nuthatch.
Donnie Hurdt MN
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Location: North Prairie, MN

Looks like you have your work cut out for you those sparrows wise up real fast and get very hard to get after a while.
I don't have too much trouble with sparrows at my feeders it is starlings that I have a problem with. There is a large flock of them hanging around the chicken barns across the street from our place and they keep coming over hear to steal suet and whatever else they can find at my feeders.
Yesterday I did have to go out and buy another box of 410 shells, the flock is not as big as it used to be :) :) :)
PMCA member and Martin fanatic....
2011 A pair of subbies fledged three young but none returned in 2012 :-(
2015 One Pair of subbies came and stayed a few nits but got chased away by Bluebirds and Tree swallows. :-(
2017 0ne pair of subbies nested and fledged 4 young
2018 Tree Swallows AGAIN chased away any martins that wanted to nest :evil:
2019 Same old story................ :-(
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I have found trapping to be much more effective than any other method for both Starlings & Sparrows.
2008 - 33 PAIR - FLEDGED 96 YOUNG
2009 - 51 PAIR - FLEDGED 166 YOUNG
2010 - 45 PAIR - FLEDGED 146 YOUNG
2011 - 33 PAIR - 128 HATCHED, 97 FLEDGED
2012 - 37 PAIR - 119 HATCHED, 101 FLEDGED
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