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    Bloody Sparrows - help please

    We've got a nice population of waxeye, tui, the odd bellbird, various finches and even a pair of wood pigeons frequenting our small plot of fruit trees just off the front deck which are cool to watch and listen to, so we thought we'd give them some extra food to help them through the winter.
    This was working nicely and they seemed to be enjoying the free meal but then the sparrows found it and every day 30-40 of the little buggers turn up, pushing the others away and just shitting everywhere
    We stopped putting out the food but the little buggers turn up anyway and seem to have taken over possession of the closest trees

    Any ideas on how to get rid of them WITHOUT harming the others?????

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    Bloody Sparrows - help please

    Airgun or trapping?

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    Airgun's not an option - got a toey neighbor that would just love an excuse to call the cops
    Will have a look into traps, cheers

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    Mates Granddad had a novel way of dealing with them. This was a few decades ago in Mackay, North Queensland.

    He claims (never knew when the truth stopped and the yarn started with him) he got a twin wire electrical cable and pared short sections along the sides exposing the copper. Just a short length strung up above the feeding area, and it was connected to an extension lead inside. Waited until he had it full of only sparrows and flipped the switch. Sparrow steak for tea.

    Someone with more electrical knowledge may be able to verify if that is actually possible.

    Probably illegal and not very safe, but it was a good yarn listening to it regardless.

    He also used to sit on the second story porch late arvo with his airgun and pop off nuisance animals and birds. He was remote surrounded by farmland so no pesky neighbours either.

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    Hahaha thats a hard case

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    Scarecrow

    Was going to say birdshot through .22...you'll get multiple kills with one shot. But then read your second post.

    Poisonings out due to by-kill risks.

    Leaves trapping?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sako 243 View Post
    Mates Granddad had a novel way of dealing with them. This was a few decades ago in Mackay, North Queensland.

    He claims (never knew when the truth stopped and the yarn started with him) he got a twin wire electrical cable and pared short sections along the sides exposing the copper. Just a short length strung up above the feeding area, and it was connected to an extension lead inside. Waited until he had it full of only sparrows and flipped the switch. Sparrow steak for tea.

    Someone with more electrical knowledge may be able to verify if that is actually possible.

    Probably illegal and not very safe, but it was a good yarn listening to it regardless.

    He also used to sit on the second story porch late arvo with his airgun and pop off nuisance animals and birds. He was remote surrounded by farmland so no pesky neighbours either.

    John
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    Tell your neighbour to get a life and get stuck into them with the air rifle. It won't make much noise.
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    What about a slingshot, use ice cubes, Eco friendly, free shot, and pretty shore it's not against any law to use a slingshot...

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    There's a bird box idea that only uses a v narrow entrance fir the wee birds and sparrow can't get in. Truthfully I've just tried it and no bird liked it hah!

    I know your neighbour is rectally inclined (an arsehole) but could you visit them prior anyway and say hey I'm going to use the airrifle over the next few days to manage a pest problem......
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    Haha thanks for all the ideas but the BOSS (wife) has just put a spanner in the works - was reading the replies to her and she's like "oh no, i didnt want you to kill them" so the plan is to just stop putting food out and see if they bugger off

    Just been watching a Kingfisher for the last 10mins trying to eat a mouse - didnt think it was going to get it but the little bugger got there in the end!
    Kingfisher 1 - Mouse 0

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    Poisoned wheat is useful...they eat the wheat and get hyperthermia...put them in a sack and take them away somewhere...if you leave them where they are, they will come around in time and get on with the business of being a sparrow as if nothing had happened...
    ...amitie, respect mutuel et amour...

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    Was going to suggest soaking birdseed in vodka. Drunk birds are very easy to catch
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