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 Mike913123 (11 days)
This guy is a piece of shit! Fucking bastard!!!

Author voodoo101111 (13 days)
another jumped up american with a gun i most shoot something attitude.

Author sunlitweb (7 months)
I understand the arguments about this. Not sure how I feel about it. I have
used the smell of eucalyptus oil to chase away starlings. In Seattle they
shoot starlings and sometimes Canadian Geese to control populations. It's
so unnecessary. In Pioneer Square the starlings overrun the trees. All they
have to do is put eucalyptus oil on cotton balls and hang them in
perforated small containers. I used little milk containers in the trees.
Then refresh it every few days. No big deal. That will chase off all birds.
The same for the Canadian Geese. But it would have to be in holders on the
ground. You have to keep the oil away from all pets and animals. It can be
very toxic. You only need the birds to smell it. I chased magpies away from
my patio by putting a soaking cotton ball into a small milk carton with
little holes punched in it. Hung it up. Worked great. They stayed away for

Author trefod (5 months)
Oddly enough these sparrows have become scarce here in Denmark. they used
to be everywhere, but improvements in the insulation of our homes,
especially in the cities have caused a dramatic decline. they are no longer
able to survive the winters.

Author jimb jones (5 months)
Willing to bet half the hippies who don't even know what the countryside
looks like, call this guy an asshole for shooting invasive pests, are also
sitting there munching on their battery farmed Kentucky Fried Chicken every

Unless you eat 100% free range meat, you are in no position to hate on this

Author chaldon2view (6 months)
I agree with Dimitur Kirov, any seeking this kind of pleasure is not human
and should care for God's Creatures! I am thankful I live in a civilised
country where most of us feeds all birds and wouldn’t hurt any.

Author (27 days)
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 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 Alex K. (1 month)
Shoot yourself in the head moron

Author Zach Billings (8 months)
Amazing to me how people freak out about this. Clearly this is not someone
sadistic who kills birds for fun. He's very clear about why he's doing it
and you can tell he likes birds a lot. Typical liberals...

Author rax7 (2 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 TheMIRCOCROCOP (1 month)
fucking idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck you from poland skurwysynu...

Author omar al-kadhi (29 days)
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 Atikarsh Singh (4 months)
Fuck u motherfucker killing inocent creature for ur fun its so sad ..

Author northlander (5 months)
only the shooters call them pests

Author Dino Wall (4 months)
SOOOOO, Wait asshole......
you put bird feeder for shot them.......
is this Bibel roles...... fuck you mother fuck!!!!!

Author Hidden02 (3 months)
I love all the hate, but clearly you haters have no idea how big of a pain
in the ass sparrows are! The cats become feed for other animals. I like the
vids, I'll sub

We did this in PA, had to remove dozens of chipmunks destroying crops and

Author Jonathon Roberts (6 months)
Sad inbred American with a grin on his face as he kills a little
bird.........America is such an uncivilized country and no wonder so many
serial killers there.

Author Rodj (2 months)
Do you even kill white throated sparrows? If so, why? They are songbirds.

Author kenny chamnan (1 month)
The planned eradication of the sparrows is a politically/money motivated
one, allowing it's mass destruction is the Tory environment minister who
had large interests in the house building corporation LINDENS, now they can
destroy birds and their nests that are nesting in trees where house
construction are about to take place, this is a public disgrace and must be

Author TrololoMahn (1 day)
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 northlander (5 months)
i wonder if he has ever touched a woman or just his gun hahaha

Author Detman101 (12 days)
Beautiful shooting!
I hate those noisy little bastards. Would love to see more of them getting
taken out.

Author lifehacker123 (26 days)
Those sunglasses..

Author JoeyTheNuttyCreeper (2 months)
The small ones so cute :( Just bad location for the birds

Author anthony whitehouse (2 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 Hunter JA (3 months)
People pay you to do that ? That's cool

Author Robert Maybeth (1 month)
Those silly people whining about shooting the birds, can go pound sand
because they are dumb. you explain over and over why you are doing it
(pest control) but the bambi lovers can't fathom the issue. They're
probably typing their hateful comments while chomping on a big mac.
Anyway, cool rifle, you're a damn good shot too. Compensating for wind
with a slow moving pellet its difficult. F%Ck the haters i voted you up. 

Author Dl. Catalin (2 months)
Fat kitty :D

Author bruce irvin (4 months)
i wasa sub when u had like 500 subs i love them

Author Cichlid Munga (4 months)
your vids are perfect... i subbed

Author ken turson (4 months)
you don t eat these birds. why killing them? stupid man

Author Stephen Shirley (2 years)
Fascinating video. What particularly interested me is that while, yes, it's
a hunting video, the guy is actually interested in birds. He gets excited
to see some of the native birds returning after he thins out the pests.

Plus, it's some nice (airrifle) shootin'.

(And if you liked it, i suggest Starling Behavior - Why I Shoot Them as a
followup, it's got a pretty chilling example of sparrow behaviour near the

Author jonokiller (4 days)
anyone who has a problem with this should cheer for the wind and him to

Author Trev (5 months)
I love seeing humans and animals being killed it makes me happy

Author Paul Stewart (7 months)
You cant pick and chose what to feed at a feeder by killing off the birds.
Humans are a pest to this earth so does that mean someone can come pick you
off with a gun? Dont want the birds? Stop feeding them. Let natural
selection take over. 

Author Eco Rs (1 month)
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 irwan safean (6 months)
you're an animal

Author JW (1 month)
What you will do if someone shoot to you?

Author Will Vernmindf (4 months)
do sparrows look like chickadees 

Author Peter F (8 months)
It's amazing how these birds get to the states but If it's by natural means
aren't they a native species also.

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 Brice Stanislaw (7 months)
There is another simple option 2 get the songbirds you desire. Remove the
millet seeds and use sunflower seeds only sparrows prefer the smaller
easier to eat seeds works great. 

Author abloogywoogywoo (11 days)
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 The Zoroark (3 months)

Author Cassandra coward (4 months)
Or you could remove the bird feeder all together which is attracting the
sparrows, remove nests/eggs and plant native plants that support the native
population -_-

Author Branden Lima (25 days)
Ummmm why would you do that to a sparrow. You are very mean they lives
too,and if that's you're hobby MR. you should try another one that doesn't
evelve killing birds,even if it's for cat if you even have one.

Author Mary Mullins (15 days)
****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 Wendell Fowler (4 months)
sad, sad, sad

Author ss hog (6 months)
this is gay..

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