Troyer Tunnel Traps

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Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:19 am
Location: Gladewater, Texas

If you have Troyer Horizontal Gourds and have a young Starling that can breach the opening, Troyer makes a slide (on page 9 of their catalog) that will catch the Starling alive.

I use round holes in my gourds and catch most of the Starlings in my area before the Martins arrive. Usually between 15 & 25 Starlings per year. We have a wide assortment of woodpeckers and I have seen the Starlings evict a female red headed woodpecker from her nest.

Once you buy one you can probably make some copies if you are handy working with aluminum sheeting.

I will add that I added a 2oz fishing weight to keep the Starlings from opening the slide and escaping. They are actually very smart. Probably a distant member of the crow family.
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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