Small starlings

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DelmaWhisenhunt
Posts: 778
Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:17 am
Location: Idabel, OK

Small starlings trying to take over. Located in city limits so illegal for fire arms. Any suggestions welcomed for getting rid of the pest. Lucky to have about 20 martins but afraid they will lose the battle.
Delma Whisenhunt
Idabel, OK
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flyin-lowe
Posts: 2898
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 am
Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Trapping is about your next best option assuming you already have SREH. What type of cavity is it getting in to?
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
deancamp
Posts: 412
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

I agree with the trapping if you can't shoot. There are different types of traps for different cavities. There are also repeating traps separate from your Martin housing. Several different options.
jhcox
Posts: 489
Joined: Thu May 26, 2016 9:23 am
Location: tennesse
Martin Colony History: Started colony in 2014. First pair to stay and raise young in 2018.

I would check with your local authorities because most city don’t Consider BB gin as a lethal fire arm. And it is fun practice shooting those starlings
DelmaWhisenhunt
Posts: 778
Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:17 am
Location: Idabel, OK

Thanks to everyone for suggestions to tackle small starlings issue. They are so determined. Anxious to try, will up date later.
Delma Whisenhunt
Idabel, OK
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Brad Biddle
Posts: 522
Joined: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Location: Marshall County AL

What kind of entrances do you have?
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.
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