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Staff 03-01-2009 10:05 AM

European Starling trap
Is there anyone out there who would be able to trial this and photo document the construction process along the way for fellow forum members? This sounds too good to be true.

I really didn't know just how many Starlings were in the area till this thing was installed. In only 3 weeks it's captured over 60 Starlings and that surprises me. On three occasions I came home to find 7 in the holding pen.

biigblueyes 03-01-2009 10:17 AM

What do you do with the captured starlings? I dont' find anything suggesting you shouldn't eat them, but no recipes either. Just suggestions to use any dove recipe or crow recipe if you want to try them.

Staff 03-01-2009 10:33 AM

humanely destroying starlings and house sparrows
We use a repeating trap originally ordered from a guest speaker at a Sierra or Audubon chapter meeting. Almost everyone who use these types of traps humanely destroys the starlings. Not a good idea to drive them to another area to release them because we don't want anyone else to inherit our problems. There are some who donate them to raptor centers live. The volunteers at raptor centers can humanely destroy them to be used as food for injured birds of prey in their care awaiting release. Ways to do this were discussed in detail by the woman who spoke at our meeting. The www.sialis site describes several ways to humanely destroy EUST's and HOSP's but so does the Michigan Purple Martins site http://www.michiganmartins.com/forum/.

I have a recipe for a starling quiche on my computer. Will try to find it to share it. Any recipe that calls for pigeons/squabs will work.

midwesternerr 03-01-2009 12:20 PM

I second donating the captured birds to a raptor center, especially with the rising cost of food. I'm sure that even raising their own mice/birds for feeders has gone up a lot in the past couple of years. This trap looks pretty cool, I hope someone can build one and give it a test.

TheLorax 03-01-2009 05:18 PM

Third here. You can also donate them to wildlife rehabbers.

biigblueyes 03-01-2009 08:54 PM

To release them back into the wild?!?!?! :D

Equilibrium 03-01-2009 09:03 PM

"To release them back into the wild?!?!?! :D" You have a valid point there. Wrong continent to be able to release them to the wild. We shoot ours and store them in ziplocks in the freezer. These are great Swanson's dinners for the birds at raptor centers.

biigblueyes 03-01-2009 09:51 PM

hahahaha. Nothing but the best for the raptors.

guloguloguy 03-05-2009 04:44 PM

This is a project I'm very interested in1 I am going to try installing a length of 2" PVC pipe straight up from the top of a large live-trap cage, with a 2" PVC pipe flange attached. At the top of the first 10 length of PVC I'll add a Plumbers 45degree-"T" or "Y" elbow. The top can be tied over with a tie wrap or wire twist over some plastic mesh, (onion bag).
The Elbow part of the "T/Y" is left open- with its 2" hole open for the curious sparrows or starlings to research. There's not much for them to perch upon except the mouth of the fitting, and when they decide to take a step further in, (hopefully!), Down they should slide- unable to spread their wings or to turn around, until they pop out at the bottom inside the cage. There I will have a little water, and their last meal- until nightfall, after their commotion and noise has lured in the next Alien bird!
If a Native is found in the mix, hopefully there'd be a way to separate him out, and free him while keeping the Aliens held captive.
I thought that It'd be easy enough to then wrap the cage in a plastic garbage bag, and apply an inert gas- nitrogen, or CO2, and they all go to sleep permanently.
I like the idea of donating them to raptor/mammal/reptile rehab or such facilities!
This puts these Alien birds to good use- finally!

Staff 03-06-2009 10:52 PM

graphic photos at link in post
If you are going to do this would you photo document the process for us to share with your fellow forum members?

There are other options for dispatching sparrows and starlings outlined at the above link. They also encourage people to donate them to raptor centers if they will be accepted. We toss them out into the woods. They disappear in no time. Something is eating them.

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