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Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 04-17-2015, 07:06 AM
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BB, If they are building in that box, it is...

BB,

If they are building in that box, it is a suitable box for this nest according to them. They have other choices and this was the best. It may not be "perfect", but what do we know? You may...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 04-16-2015, 06:41 AM
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I would, personally, never move a nest from one...

I would, personally, never move a nest from one box to another. This almost begs for abandonment. If a purple martin house is rotated 180 degrees during nesting, all compartments are abandoned. In...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 12-21-2014, 09:33 AM
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This might help a little bit, but since we have...

This might help a little bit, but since we have decided to increase the use and add new neonicotinoids to farming in the U.S., I seriously doubt that anything good is coming in our lifetime. I have...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 12-20-2014, 09:34 AM
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It was not illegal at the time, but would be a...

It was not illegal at the time, but would be a major issue if it happened today. I found this:

"The house sparrow was first introduced to Australia in 1863 at Melbourne...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 12-17-2014, 08:05 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
Most birds really don't like it. I have one...

Most birds really don't like it. I have one large hopper feeder that I put out just for cardinals. Then I noticed the few others that use it. It's big enough for doves to sit on it. The stuff is...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 12-15-2014, 09:21 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
Finches and doves. The best - spring and summer...

Finches and doves. The best - spring and summer rose breasted grosbeak, here.
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 07-16-2014, 06:28 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
Maybe my pet shop idea would work. They feed...

Maybe my pet shop idea would work. They feed snakes dead rodents and birds would be a natural addition to their diet. You could even put up a poster at the pet shop if they let you. People could...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 07-15-2014, 08:21 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
That is a new one for me. How great to actually...

That is a new one for me. How great to actually see your hard work going to such a terrific use! I knew that most rehab centers wanted trapped HOSP, in good condition, but never knew someone who...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 06-10-2014, 06:51 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
They live for up to 20 years! Whistle, shriek,...

They live for up to 20 years! Whistle, shriek, babble and talk unless they are sleeping. Then, they get bored easily, so you have to get them toys. I'd pay big bucks for a parrot!

Speaking of...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 06-08-2014, 09:49 AM
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I have never had Starling problems, even when...

I have never had Starling problems, even when hosting Martins. We used Starling resistant holes to deter entry. They never seemed to bother my bluebird boxes, but in large numbers, the curious...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 06-07-2014, 08:10 AM
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Great job, BB!!! Some city residents will always...

Great job, BB!!! Some city residents will always have a few House Sparrow and Starling, no matter how hard they try to eliminate them. I'm on an acre with neighbors spread around. I still see each...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 11-12-2013, 08:04 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
Find a large, thick mil, transparent plastic bag....

Find a large, thick mil, transparent plastic bag. It slips over easily and you can see what is going on inside. Easy to ID the species, if not target species. Nothing to trap claws in. Keep a...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 11-10-2013, 10:28 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
I would take the old shirts out and put a nice...

I would take the old shirts out and put a nice screen up. Other than that, mission accomplished!

I heard that terrible thud last weekend. I have a lot of windows, but even with bird strike...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 12-08-2012, 12:37 PM
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Posted By fishlkmich
Those doves have more breast meat than our...

Those doves have more breast meat than our mourning dove. Invasive - non-native - pop, pop, pop - legal. They are a snap to clean. A straight slice down the breast bone, then just slide your...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 09-26-2012, 06:42 AM
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It sure looks like pox. Wonder if we will see...

It sure looks like pox. Wonder if we will see more of it due to the warm winter/summer. No-see-ms (sp?) are spreading a disease trough our southern Michigan whitetail herds and killing thousands.
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 08-05-2012, 06:38 PM
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Posted By fishlkmich
FANTASTIC!!! Creating "HOSP free" zones...

FANTASTIC!!!

Creating "HOSP free" zones works!

I just got back from a week of fishing. I have three young bluebirds in a box that are about a week younger than those. I just checked them...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 07-24-2012, 06:37 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
Some wild animal rehab centers will take trapped...

Some wild animal rehab centers will take trapped (not shot - lead) HOSP to feed the critters. These "donations" can help folks who want to do more than just help our native birds by removing HOSP.
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Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 07-21-2012, 09:09 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
$23.00 here: Bird-X Sparrow Free Magic...

$23.00 here:

Bird-X Sparrow Free Magic Halo...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 04-25-2012, 06:54 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,930
Posted By fishlkmich
Congratulations! - Like weeds, when you remove...

Congratulations! - Like weeds, when you remove them it leaves a place for what you want in your yard. Native birds will naturally gravitate to areas where there is less competition. If you decide...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 04-20-2012, 06:43 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,930
Posted By fishlkmich
A purple martin house can make one of the best...

A purple martin house can make one of the best house sparrow traps that I know of. You will need to see if one of these fits it. They replace a standard 6" X6" door:

PMCA Purple Martin Market...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 04-19-2012, 07:04 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
HOSP do not nest exclusively in cavities/boxes. ...

HOSP do not nest exclusively in cavities/boxes. If you can see eggs and verify that they are HOSP eggs, you can (and should) destroy the nest.

You are starting to see just how smart HOSP are. ...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 04-11-2012, 06:50 AM
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Posted By fishlkmich
Don't make trapping HOSP a big chore. You will...

Don't make trapping HOSP a big chore. You will give up completely if you do. By not trapping when it isn't convenient, you give the HOSP a break (to forget) and you may not have to move your trap...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 04-06-2012, 05:54 PM
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Posted By fishlkmich
It is my pleasure to help those who help our...

It is my pleasure to help those who help our native birds. That is what you are doing. You are eliminating an introduced bird that kills our native birds. If we all allowed HOSP to reproduce, we...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 04-06-2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,930
Posted By fishlkmich
It's NEVER too late! For your starlings, I...

It's NEVER too late!

For your starlings, I hope that you are building a repeating type of trap. Any type that traps multiple birds without resetting is what you want.

For your HOSP, you have a...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 03-31-2012, 08:39 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,930
Posted By fishlkmich
Good to see that others are in the battle! I've...

Good to see that others are in the battle! I've been at it for many years.

I know, from experience, what works best. If you have large numbers near home, a repeating trap of any kind will help...
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