How to Get Rid of Sparrows
While birds in general are beautiful to watch as they glide through the air, feed at your bird feeder or enjoy a dip in the birdbath, some birds are not actually meant to be dwelling in your backyard. Bird species that are non-native and introduced into an ecology can wreak havoc on the native species, decimating populations by destroying their eggs and killing the adults. One such non-native troublemaker is the Sparrow, also called the House Sparrow.
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Because of the aggression towards native bird species it is legal for this bird to be dealt with quickly and thoroughly. While some prefer less lethal methods, other are fine with more permanent means of disposal of the Sparrow. The first method is simple and at times it works effectively enough to encourage the bird to move along to new pastures. Simply destroying the nest either after completion or during construction and removal of and destruction of eggs and any fledglings. Not all Sparrows nest within easy reach so care should be taken if using a ladder to reach higher branches. Also, utilizing a long pole is effective as well. Sparrows tend to be scared of owls and often a large fake owl strategically placed can deter Sparrows from nesting anywhere within its vicinity.
Trapping the birds is ideal, as you are able to catch multiple birds at once as many traps are able to hold upwards of 40 birds. The doors to these traps tend to be self-resetting and do not need to be checked multiple times per day. The traps tend to be escape-proof and you are able to set and reset over and over again. You might be shocked at how many House Sparrows you manage to trap. It is also popular to shoot them with pellet type guns, to trim their wings rendering them flightless making them a tasty snack for their predators, or donating them to a program that rehabilitates wildlife. These centers might take live trapped birds for food.
While all this talk of eliminating a species from our our backyards sounds incredibly inhumane, what Sparrows do to our native species is just as inhumane. They are simply acting in their nature, however, controlling the spread of this bird is essential, in order, for us to save such bird species as the Bluebird and Purple Martin. Returning an ecology to its natural state at times means solving the problems we as humans created by introducing a non-native species.