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 (1 month)
Okay, I'm confused. A supposed BIRD LOVER with a BIRD FEEDER doesn't want a
particular kind of bird feeding at it, so hires this guy to KILL THE BIRDS?
Why not just get rid of the bird feeder?!? Humans are such idiots, loving
to destroy things. And I thought he was hired to kill the sparrows? Why is
he shooting a starling?

Author TrololoMahn (24 days)
I haven't seen any House Sparrows where I live (MN) which is a bit odd,
seeing as tons of people are complaining about them. Also, why the fuck is
this listed as "Education" in category? Shooting birds is fucking
"Educational"? Furthermore, you act like a cheeky bastard in the
description "I hit 'em like a ton of bricks." Also, you shot 200 FUCKING

Author TheMIRCOCROCOP (2 months)
fucking idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck you from poland skurwysynu...

Author abloogywoogywoo (1 month)
Keep up the good work.

And to the idiots who supposedly love this beastly little pest, I welcome
you to the 40-50 of them that squawk endlessly in my area. It drones over
you until you start to have a nervous breakdown, because nesting
Sparrows... never.... ever.... shut up.

Author Mary Mullins (1 month)
****all you people they may not be from the US but they are the sweetest
sparrow of any kind the have such a personality and I know I have one named

Author Hazel McMillan (23 days)
u sick son of a bitch how could u do that to a bird!!! u say its a job
cause they are over populated well humans are over populated but u done see
us getting gunned down to cut the numbers i feed the birds here in the uk
and there would be many people including me who would happily shoot u. ur a
sick twisted asshole i hope u die a horrible painful death sick

Author Alex K. (2 months)
Shoot yourself in the head moron

Author Byron Bussey (21 day)
Don't worry everybody English Sparrows are basically Terrorists.

Author jonokiller (27 days)
anyone who has a problem with this should cheer for the wind and him to

Author IvanNo1tube (3 months)
If you're not native American that mean thet you are pest also, why don't
you kill yourself?

Author voodoo101111 (1 month)
another jumped up american with a gun i most shoot something attitude.

Author GoodVibrators (1 month)
Quite sad really when the sparrow is on the decline in the UK. Numbers
have fallen dramatically over the years here...and yet rednecks are
shooting them in the good old US of A.

American's don't belong in the UK, but we don't shoot them.....think about

Author Mike913123 (1 month)
This guy is a piece of shit! Fucking bastard!!!

Author Erik Oliva (1 month)
your just disgusting, cause he actually states that he killed 31
birds.........real man out there people

Author Abigail Bravo (1 month)
How can he kill birds for fun.

Author lizizlate1234 (1 month)
Why? Why value another birds life over another? 

Author omar al-kadhi (1 month)
do you eat those after that ??
if yes at that time at least there is a reson ,,, but
if not then what you do its not good ,,,

Author dogwatch (1 month)
This is disgusting, no animal should be killed after acting naturally, like
this if you agree with me

Author Phillguy (1 month)
Wow this guy is a fuck tard. it's the laughing that gets me.

Author philippe nocq (3 months)
When will you disappear from the surface of the Earth ? Smelling carcass
and eaten by the delicious gentle maggots ? I hope you a long and painful
cancer, dying alone. You will never find love poor little dick ! Your only
dick is your poor gun.

Author Atikarsh Singh (4 months)
Fuck u motherfucker killing inocent creature for ur fun its so sad ..

Author Docdaugh (1 month)
You are an asshole! Why do you even post this shit? I hope someday you go
to a McDonalds and some guy (as crazy as YOU are) sights you in!

Author JW (2 months)
What you will do if someone shoot to you?

Author Danush Chan (2 months)
All your kills will be paid oneday and i am sure that will be very painful.
May god bless you:) 

Author Eco Rs (2 months)
Excuse my ignorance for the methodology of all of this but....When the
bullet misses the bird and travels beyond sight, isn't there a risk of the
bullet hitting a human further out? like in the first tree shot.

Author Jake Hansen (2 months)
No! Without question the most deplorable event in the American history was
the introduction of the white man, not the sparrows.

Author Zephod Beeblebrox (2 months)
That air rifle is probably woefully underpowered. You need my 1200fps air
rifle. Your pellets are also so light that the wind blows them every which
way. You need some heavyweight Eunjin pellets. Mine are 16g in .177 and I
can hit a nickel at 50 yards.

Author Agronox DT (3 months)
Apparently the maker of the video is ignorant of the fact that human beings
are - by far - the most environmentally destructive species on the planet.
Only incredible arrogance can produce such behavior.

I'd like to know how a member of such a destructive species can justify
destroying certain creatures because they believe they are destructive.

This video adds to the evidence that human beings are the most destructive
species on the planet, and we are quite good at rationalizing our abhorrent

Author Jason Thomas Dolan (3 months)
You're a pest. Give me the gun so I can shoot you and put it on YouTube.

Author Rodj (3 months)
Do you even kill white throated sparrows? If so, why? They are songbirds.

Author Joseph Scott Jr. (22 hours)
Dude, you are kidding yourself if you think you are putting even a dent in
the English Sparrow population. They r flying rats....and they will never

Author Ant avery (22 hours)
Its a good thing to see these birds get killed, i used to have cardinals
and other native birds all over my back yard and boy it was a beautiful
sight, now these pests came along and now i see a cardinal every few
weeks.. I wish i could do something about it 

Author DoobieKeebler (1 day)
Man, nice shooting. And good on ya for culling these invasive species.

Now onto the comments I've read... Apparently the U.S. education system is
failing its students because there are way too many people who argue it's
wrong to kill any living being because they feel pain, even though it's
been proven that plants
1) Feel pain
2) Possess intelligence
3) Can "sense" their surroundings.
4) Are usually *STILL ALIVE* while some hippy dippy douchebag eats his

Unfortunately there is a subset of the population that feel it is only OK
to kill if you can't hear a lifeform scream in pain or see a face on it.

Feel free to learn something if you are as open minded as you claim you are:,,-83446,00.html

Author rax7 (3 months)
i am sure lots of humans on this planet are pests too. 7 billions, holy
cow. that's more population than rats on Earth. we gotta reduce some, you
know. let's start with the killers.

Author Adi zero (3 months)
your suck !!! 

Author Nowan Cabal (4 days)
Why don't you shoot your balls?

Author Mizuki Shiroyama (4 days)
NO ME GUSTA!!! I do not like it.

Author Kay Jones (5 days)
you cunt...hope it backfires in your face.

Author Rudolfo Bosmuler (5 days)
These birds are pest even here in Brazil.

Author Marcelo Herrera (7 days)
Why are you shooting birds you bitch i hope you died and kill your mom and
dad and your whole family before you shoot yourself in your fucking neck
you dick sucker find something else to do then killing, birds also have
feelings and familys

Author kwa chi (7 days)
Let's talk seriousely about human pest.

Author anthony whitehouse (3 months)
starlings and sparrows ,as kids they used to fill the sky,no wonder we dont
see the beauty of the natural world any more .

Author Zeitgeist TTD (7 days)
Wow - Is this truly necessarily? This is another proof showing how much
people like to control and dominate the natural world. 

Author Michael Miranda (8 days)
What kind of airgun u have

Author SpanishFIRST (9 days)
Is normal to get relaxed waching this videos? or Im strange person?

Author Dino Wall (5 months)
SOOOOO, Wait asshole......
you put bird feeder for shot them.......
is this Bibel roles...... fuck you mother fuck!!!!!

Author GORDON WIGHAM (11 days)
you are a f*****g prick...and very sparrows are in
decline here in England...cos of pricks like you shooting them...go and
play with with ya "hi tech" gun and shoot proper vermin like rats that
spread desieses...or better still turn the gun on yourself you halfwit ill
informed gun lovin yank ...!!

Author Assa Aso (11 days)
Еблан тупой

Author TheHawaiianSeahorse (11 days)
I woke up this morning in my home and I could hear them messing around,
screeching and chirping noisily to each other; it was so annoying. How was
I even supposed to focus and care for my family? How could I even live in
my house with the blasted things creating such chaos. I hate It, some one
needs to get rid of them once and for all. But there are so many..I don't
know anyone strong enough to defeat the huge population of pests. I need to
move away. They never...ever..stop...being.. destructive. Some of the
neighbors say its fun to watch them move around and its fun to study their
behavior, but guess what? It's not. I hate living with these creatures. But
since I'm just a sparrow, I can't do anything about it. - Sparrows Point of

Author MrPilotMatt (11 days)
that link made me laugh a lot harder than i should have!!
+Ted's HoldOver 

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