English Sparrow (pest) eradication from bird feeder

Good information on house sparrows.

"Without question the most deplorable event in the history of American ornithology was the introduction of the English Sparrow." -W.L. Dawson, The Birds of Ohio, 1903

This video shows the removal (by hunting) of English (House) Sparrows from a feeder for the purpose of creating a friendlier environment for native song birds. This method equals instant death for the birds in question - much better than poisoning or netting.

This was one of 4 trips I made to this location. By the end of the fourth trip, the English sparrow numbers were reduced significantly enough so that they no longer "swarmed" the feeder. Native song birds returned in healthy numbers. I estimated I shot around 200 in total (over the 4 days). I also tore sparrow nests out of the trees and barns. I hit 'em like a ton of bricks. And the result was that there were song birds all over that bird feeder at the end of day 4. (the video was filmed on day 3). I moved around this location, shooting at 3 or 4 "hot spots". This spot was just the easiest to film.

Equipment details:

The Camera Mount I used to record through the scope can be found here:

The slow-motion camera I use to film the shots through the scope is the Casio EX-FC150. That camera is no longer made, but you can buy its successor (which is actually a better camera than the one I use) here:

The Exact same Hawke Scope that I use in this video (Sidewinder TAC 30 6.5-20x) can be found here:
Gun - Edgun Matador .22 PCP air rifle
Scope - Hawke Sidewinder 30 6.5-20x (video at 10x)
Pellets - JSB 18.1g shooting at 920 fps (34 ft/lbs energy)

[It goes without saying that] All birds were legally shot, and all are exotic species. I can't say this enough - if you have a problem with hunting do NOT watch this video. Friends can comment without approval. All others will be screened.

For those who do enjoy :)

European house sparrows are an out-right plague on some farms. If left unchecked, their numbers swell out of control. They eat a lot of the livestock feed. But, what is worse is that they defecate in that feed. In this way, they can spread crippling disease very quickly to the animals.

Furthermore, these birds are quite aggressive and disrupt the nesting of tree cavity-nesting birds, such as Purple Martin, Eastern Bluebird, Carolina wren, and a variety of woodpeckers.

We not only shoot sparrows and starlings, we remove their nests and habitat (brush) as much as possible. Some folks think it doesn't make a difference. I can tell you that they are not trying hard enough. If you make life tough on these birds, they will find alternative areas to congregate.

Do a Google search on "House Sparrow" and you will find much information about the damage they cause. One thing I'm sure of is that if these birds were ugly like a rat, fewer people would be so quick to chastise me for blasting them.

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Author archery talk 11 ( ago)
Ted's holdover I don't want to make it sound like I'm a gold digger but,
my family recently doesn't have the money because I'm dealing with a court
case because of my dad, because of that, I can't go out and even buy a
little red Ryder even, I have watched almost all of your videos and I am
subscribed, I was wondering if you can ship me a pellet gun, because I want
to do what you do and you truly inspire me with your videos, I don't care
how bad the gun is but if you are able to ship me one I want to kill some
birds and squirrels because there invasive in our trees. Like I said I can
understand if you can't but it would be an honor of you and I will probably
cry if you did. Thanks for your understanding, keep doing what your doing.

Author Stefan Johansson ( ago)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is called in Sweden for "air rats" or
more suitable name "flying rats".

Author julijakeit ( ago)
I hope one day aliens will land and start eradicating humans that think
like you and call you a pest!

Author 박효민 ( ago)
죄없는 동물들좀그만죽이세요

Author Beak Newcomer ( ago)
Let birds fly free live long throw away guns pray for peace

Author nicky8866 ( ago)
hahaha did any of you check the get me out of here link XD

Author stephen connors ( ago)
so you have a bird feeder yet you shoot the birds? this is fucked up

Author TheRattlehead69 ( ago)
this isn't hunting! next time you go for food someone need to put bullet in
your ass!

Author Michael Northrup ( ago)
I wouldn't recommend spending so much money on an airgun 

Author Trevor Scott ( ago)
Cool looking gun

Author Alejandro Garcia del Pozo ( ago)
Dude you so cool

Author Brock Green ( ago)
Have you ever shot a banded pigeons

Author Elizabeth Swims ( ago)
You do a great service. I'm also glad there is "no waste on the farm"

Author ‫منصور الزريق‬‎ ( ago)

KSA 💚💚

Author oOParaOo Plays ( ago)
A video on killing animals..what a world we live in. Ashamed to be human

Author Douglas Setchell ( ago)
I live in the Cascade Mtns in Washington state. Every year in the spring I
get around 40 to 50 pairs of hummingbirds. They fly up to 4 to 6 inches of
my face as to say; Hello, we're back. This year I dropped my guard and
about 3 weeks after they arrived, the Blue Jays and Douglas squirrels made
an coordinated attack. They killed and ate eggs, babies and even many of
the hummingbirds. Result, next spring I'll start shooting jays and
squirrels a couple weeks before the hmmers arrive.What threatens mine, dies
. Don't like me shooting jays and squirrels, tough sheet!

Author Muy Gonzo ( ago)
In the by late '60s my grandmother paid me and my Daisy BB gun a nickel
each for dead sparrows because they carried mites to her chickens.

Author Colin ( ago)
"Without question the most deplorable event in the history of American
ornithology was the introduction of the English Sparrow." -W.L. Dawson...
What about Jersey Shore?

Author Frank Hernandez ( ago)
Where does he live

Author James Magee ( ago)
I have a question I'm not a gay tree hugger but u want get rid of them take
away the bird food it's so easy

Author hypo criteboy ( ago)
Damm people they're animals. He only kills the pests anyway and they are
not wasted.

Author Agent Fungus ( ago)
I live in the city so I cannot aim for above ground level with my pellet
gun. I feed the squirrels I shoot to the foxes where I walk my dogs. I
place the squirrel near the burrow and it's gone the next day. I also have
a problem with those "sparrows" mobbing native birds and killing chickadee
babies. I've been reading about these traps made by a guy in MN. They cost
$60+, so I haven't gotten one yet.

Author Cristina Marinho ( ago)

Author Yazan Felemban ( ago)
Are you nuts don't kill the babies and adults

he's making a fortune in you tube royalty, let's think about it,this cunt
is a smart cunt!he knows Americans in general like to watch shit like
this!let's have peta go after him,there has to be a way his name and
address can be released by you tube if formally charged with a crime,this
fucking Nazi would do the same to people eventually, give him time.

Author Chad Bushman ( ago)
You've got to be kidding me... Your spearfishing vids are awesome... This
is shameful! I hope someone decides your a pest and gives you the karma you

Author Mark Fuertes (648 years ago)
What kind of gun is it?

Author Ibo M ( ago)
your an evil person

Author John Jackson ( ago)
U say ur hunting all ur doing is killing for the hell of it there is no
skill in what ur doing when you hunt u kill for the meat not to get ur
rocks off 

Author DANIEL BOES ( ago)

wish I had few minutes to show you some hand to hand combat moves,you crazy
fuck,you make me sick,i hope they will pluck your eye's out someday,what a
big man you are.

you tube blocked me from watching videos, thanks to my previous comment,so
much for freedom of speech!

Author Ivan Valencia ( ago)
What a asshole

this is animal abuse,and you're making money off of it thanks to you
tube,you're on my shit list fucking bastard.

i hope you will die in the worst possible manner,i will pray from now on
that you and yours and the rest of your generations will suffer the pains
of hell,aid,,cancer,rape, are a monster,a cockroach ,would
tear you up if I saw you doing that,you coward son of a bitch ,shame your
making money out of this video,you tube should have you turned in,instead
of ending you money,drop dead you fucking monster.

Author Alex Wiggs ( ago)
What an awesome looking weapon!

Author MARCHINGBANDtbone ( ago)
That is a reallllly nice rifle.

Author THOMAS BRAND ( ago)
Bird2 got shot in his face

Author RyeOnHam ( ago)
I remember learning about Killdeer and their broken wing act. I've seen it
from other birds as well, but those buggers really sell it.

Author NekoKingGodzilla ( ago)
Dude these birds are rekt m8 

Author More Gore ( ago)

Author mohawk14616 ( ago)
Hope you don't run out of birds. What will be next?

Author FishyGaming 12 ( ago)
Boom, Headshot

Author mortalkombat91122 ( ago)
He sounds like I am wildcat

Author sP Bambi ( ago)
This guy is like the Chris Kyle of bird hunting "Legend"

Author Gael Soldati ( ago)
No respect for you... Why would you post a video like this?!? Americans...
As always... 

Author sheilarb77 ( ago)
It's sometimes a needed to keep pest numbers down. Stop ragging on the guy.
Someone has to do the dirty work. People call exterminator to rid their
homes of rats or roaches, etc. But you don't complain about them. You all
voice about animal rights but you go to the store and buy beef, chicken,
pork, or products with animals in them. Someone has to do the dirty work.
If you get upset don't watch the video. Don't eat meat from even the local
foodmart. Even plants are living things. If you don't like this fact of
kill things (animals, Plants, etc) then you should stop eating....

Author 52memor (159 years ago)
Douglas Moreland - Why not eat them, Bear Nipton Smith and J Country ate
there own Mothers !

Author Elias Sadewasser ( ago)

Author J Countryman ( ago)
Nice hunting but I have one question, what kind of sniper was that never
seen one like it before

Author David Anthony Batten ( ago)
Fella, if I ever cross your path, your head with splatter like that little
sparrow you just murdered you cruel Cunt!

Author Gunner111 GT ( ago)
noob u cant shoot one bird

Author ben Rudnick ( ago)
When I shoot I make sure that it's over 100 yards just so the bird has a
chance to live. Don't like shooting birds from 50ft it's too easy and
unfair to the birds. 

Author Jack d ( ago)
You are a real hero to bird feeder owners and hungry cats. There is
something sick about nerd like yourself with your $5 sun glasses shooting
birds with some type of bird sharpshooter gun.

Author leighton gammon ( ago)
Yh you fam think bad with that thing shooting down them little birds. Whtta
a twat little shithead.

Author Armin Sawari ( ago)
you Fuckin' Clown they want to live, just like You Punk!!!! i was hoping
that you would become like them

Author uphill248 uphill248 ( ago)
How do you know the speed of wind?
Isnt it Better to just put the X in the subject chest?

Author only devonly ( ago)
Who says you are God? Horrible, get a real job azz.

Author Shadow Void ( ago)
Why would you try and kill a starling?! They are already on a red list same
with House Sparrows. In my area, at least, they socialize with the other

Author amyishere67 ( ago)
Hunting I don't have a problem with it's murder I have a problem with 

Author unapro3 ( ago)
A Christmas Story? But I'm an Atheist.....

Author Alexander Smyth ( ago)
Love teds holdover love all his guns live what he does 

Author Oscar Sparrowhawk ( ago)

Author Thunder truscott ( ago)

Author Luke Morgan ( ago)
Btw i love the link X'D

Author TechHeadsL7 ( ago)
If I want to hate on an invasive European species that has eradicated
native species in North America I will hate on the American
immigrants and not a defenseless little bird whose only crime is it was
brought over on a boat with said people a hundred years ago. We only have
ourselves to blame. I love all birds, from the "rats" to the rares. 

Author Caleb Harden ( ago)
Cardinals are Ohio state bird 

Author 52memor ( ago)
I think you should try and eradicate Rats and Grey Squirrels. The Sparrows
you're eradicating are an endangered species and even Starlings are on the
decline. Please reconsider what your killing.

Author Jeff Rose ( ago)
The birds aught to get together and shit on his head!

Author Marmalade000000 ( ago)
Can I hire you to keep the grackles and starlings away from our feeders?

Author ljml1982 ( ago)
You're such a dick.........for not showing us the 31 bird massacre. Good
shots. We have theses things in California and they mostll hang around fast
food joints and Home Depots/Lowes

Author Leathan Lund (824 years ago)
Amazing how quickly the native birds returned in the absence of the house
(English) sparrows. A matter of hours?

Author MrVampiredog ( ago)

Author Andrew D (1590 years ago)
Nice case

Author Justyburger ( ago)
Nice shooting. I've done a few Sparrows with a .177. I have Chickens and
Ducks. They have an auto feeder which closes the lid down but still
Sparrows are everywhere. They go inside the feeder when the Ducks are
standing on it. I made a trap but it did not work very well. Shooting them
seems to be the best thing but my issue is that I have close neighbours and
I have to be fairly discrete. I also have a Gamo .22 Whisper. It's great
for Rats.

Author mike5556 ( ago)
I really love to watch starlings and HOSP die! Props to you!

Author motownflame ( ago)
So why not kill the cats as well? Cats are far more invasive and a bigger
threat to native song birds then English sparrows.

Author TheWalking Rob ( ago)
Hunters love to use that " Evasive species " excuse to slaughter animals.
You know damn well you're not going to stop the problem by shooting them,
it's impossible to erradicate them all. Be a man and admit you just like
killing animals.

Author Juicy Bunz ( ago)
head shot, its skull exploded

Author CFITOMAHAWK ( ago)
Tree Rats eat the Songbirds baby chicks too..Most times in front of their
screaming parents..We need more strong Air Rifles for every man that wants
to fight your legislators to let adults have them..We men
have the right to bear arms..

Author Ashillian ( ago)
Idiotic moron.

Author Sudigumi ( ago)
ted hulder wy u shoot at the birdies?? they are so cute :<

Author Reno Sonozaki ( ago)
lol I click the link just to see what it was

Author The Word On The Street ( ago)
You need to get a job mate and do something more constructive. In uk the
house sparrows are really rare nowadays thanks to dickheads with air
rifles. Get a life!

Author Amin Abbas ( ago)
Sparrows aren't even pests they're native here

Author Amin Abbas ( ago)
If we humans didint bring pests from other countries this wouldn't be

Author Bluegill20 ( ago)
Awesome videos. Just found your videos and watched a bunch of them, gun
looks VERY expensive and very deadly! Keep up the good work! I hate

Author David Northrup ( ago)
Wow can't believe all these ill informed, unknowing people commenting on
something they have no idea about. Please read up on what are invasive
species . You'll be surprised where they live. land,sea, ground

Author nick sullivan ( ago)
Wow ... your are a real man. Sorry about that tiny penis.

Author abloogywoogywoo ( ago)
I just wish we could keep their numbers down to sensible levels here in the

Unfortunately, we've taken it upon ourselves to be a nation of "animal
lovers", a retarded notion, as we fail time and again to identify when an
animal has become...a pest. A rat. A cockroach. A destructive parasite, a
bully and a thug towards ACTUAL songbirds. No, the house sparrow is not a
songbird, for it has no song. Its an unremarkable flying rat.

The noise and their aggression, is starting to get me down.

Author The Pill Parrot ( ago)
This is why birds are afraid of humans.

Author GamerDudeRalph Ralph ( ago)
So the cats eat the birds with a bullet inside of the bird?

Author David Heaney ( ago)
You can't shoot sparrows their not on the pest control list .. So what you
are doing is illegal 

Author Валентин Б (401 year ago)
I like your gun, can I have your gun ? I want to try to shoot your head , I
want to enjoy both from your head sprinkled blood

Author The Manly Camel 777 ( ago)
So i clicked on the link and i went to the christmas story

Author Fabi Blum ( ago)
i hope you will get shot like the birds...

Author kyle mitchell ( ago)
Y r u killing birds and animals that have no need to die when u can be
sniping Taliban and u can be saving lives. Animals have nothing to do with
this set up a moving target that is not a living thing

Author Heist Silence ( ago)
I agree with this because I appreciate natural systems and see the threat
of invasive species to those systems...but...I find it really interesting
that you eradicate the sparrows and feed them to cats which are also an
invasive species and the biggest threat to the American songbirds. If they
cared so much for the birds they're trying to attract, they should
also keep their predators indoors.

Author thomas donohue ( ago)
nice shooting man. i get a kick out of the comments always puts me in a
good mood heh. i love animals and yet im a very avid hunter and i hunt all
4 seasons here in western new york and when im not hunting im fishing
doesnt mean i hate the animal because i kill it, its actually the exact
opposite. i even like sparrows but they are a pest and yes i nail one every
once in a while when they get out of control. the thing is you still need
to buy a hunting license in my state to hunt even invasive species such as
sparrows and everytime a hunting license is purchased money goes to our
conservation to care for the animals and habitats to keep there numbers
healthy and to ensure we get to hunt them for years to come. if you dont
like hunting thats your choice but dont hate on the people that do ive been
hunting for alittle over 14 years and everytime i kill something there is
still that feeling in my chest of feeling a little something for the animal
and i always thank the animals that i kill to eat. great video man keep it

Author Toka Wolf ( ago)
How are they pests?

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