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 abloogywoogywoo (9 months)
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 jan christian Frodahl (4 months)
Warning! Cats will be fed after this video :p

Author Tobey Blanton (5 days)
I've gotten a few with my daisy model 25. After doing some research on
these evil creatures, I will spring for a more sophisticated shooting
system. I had always wondered what happened to the red cardinals that used
to be around. I called fish and wildlife and they said they are trying to
eradicate the english sparrows, along with starlings. They gave me their
blessing to blow them to smithereens. their last words to me were "Happy

Author Тэо Старостенко (7 months)
Could I hunt with a 450-470 FPS 0.20 g bb (Eurasian Collared Dove)?

Author Mr. slippy fist (2 months)
What kind of pellet gun is he using make/model 

Author yalçın gözüküçük (14 days)
you son of a bitch

Author fernando alcantara (4 months)
name of air gun?

Author voodoo101111 (9 months)
another jumped up american with a gun i most shoot something attitude.

Author Robert Weller (5 months)
Thought I was going to have to youtube rage you then... Sparrows are not
pests... ohh your in the States.

Author Mike913123 (9 months)
This guy is a piece of shit! Fucking bastard!!!

Author Sam Jackson (8 days)
In the UK the sparrow population has declined by half since the 1970s ! If
you Yanks do not want them - send them over to UK !

Author YourPalAl69 (4 months)
Who puts up a bird feeder, then hires someone to kill birds that come to
the feeder?

Author Douglas Moreland (6 months)
i dont understand what hes doing...he buys a bird feeder and fills it with
food to attract birds to his house...but he doesnt want birds attracted to
his after killing them he puts more food out to attract more
birds but doesnt want the birds attracted to his house? why not just stop
feeding them? unless hes eating them or something then i totally understand

anyone can yell at me if you want im just not sure what his motive is cause
to me its like luring an alligator to your backyard with meat tied to a
stick but you dont want an alligators in your backyard because they are
dangerous so you kill it and then repeat the process

EDIT: cool i just saw that hes feeding the cats with them :) no longer see
anything wrong

Author ParadiseGamer (1 month)
What ammo do you use 

Author Michael Frost (21 day)
Great shooting.

Author Nasty Snipes (1 month)
How much money do birds have on your head

Author ideologicduck (14 days)
Why if you live Murica you got a air rifle how fucking retarded you gotta
be in Murica not to be able to be allowed a firearm ????? Shooting little
birds pussys dont bother with the replies as I won't answer retards so if
you do reply please read again fucktards !!!!!! 

Author Devin Thebodeau (1 month)
Woooooooow..... 70% of the people commenting on this need their breathing
rights revoked... People are unbleivably ignorant and simple minded. 

Author Debris Gaming (1 month)
I kill pest birds for many reasons I like to look at my bird feeder and see
nice beautiful colorful birds not ugly little pest 

Author fabio godeiro (2 months)
How much for a air gun like yours?

Author Joseph Scott Jr. (8 months)
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 Zachary Zhorne (13 days)

Author jonny boy (5 months)
its lucky these fat low life Americans that have nothing better to do than
to shot helpless birds aren't living in Britain, a civilised country were
you cant take your anger out on birds,there are laws protecting these
peace full harmless creators. . 

Author ZzmemeguyzZ (5 months)
Why are there so many dislikes?

Author Declan LaGrandeur (5 months)
hunting is a thing thats been around forever
deal with it

Author Edward P Campbell (5 months)
Speaking of exterminating pestilential "English" house sparrows, perhaps
you might like to load up with 2 million lead pellets and come over to
England, to exterminate our plague of North American Gray squirrels, which
have entirely destroyed our native population of Red Squirrels. Am I
beginning to sound a bit 'species-ist'?

Author Alex K. (10 months)
Shoot yourself in the head moron

Author Jay Dee (3 months)
Have to love the uneducated comments on here... you did a good job of
reducing an invasive species within our region. I also appreciate you
explaining that the natural song birds began to show up after your task. I
will also say that you can not be surprised that people have a negative
aspect towards it, but if we didn't have a difference in opinion (and we
SHOULD be aloud to express it) we may and up in a fascists nation. Outside
of the politics... love the job you did for our native species. What weapon
did you use (sorry if you me tioned it further down the comments)?

Author scottyrobot (1 month)
Are you supportive of white supremacist aryan groups? You sure seem like
you jive with their ideology. It's the same thing really...neo-nazis
believe that blacks, arabs and latinos are displacing, "bullying" and
driving out the "native white" populations of north america and Europe,
therefore the nonwhite invaders must be removed by any means necessary (But
the nonwhites, like the sparrows, are not actually invaders, but were
brought over as migrant workers, on student visas or by other legal
white-government-supported means). You should start shouting "Seig Heil!"
whenever you shoot a sparrow.

Author XxAer0xX FTW (1 month)
at 7:01 i thought you were gonna kill the cardinal

Author Craig M. Williams (1 month)
Awsome shooting

Author George T (4 months)
I'm glad someone is shooting down Starlings and English Sparrows. They are
mean and dirty birds. 

Author Blitz4000 (6 months)
In reality, humans are the real pest. This planet have to go through
billions of years to make a well balanced ecosystem and then the humans
came to ruin it in just a few years. Hey Ted, what makes you so sure that
the birds are the pest and not you??

Author XFelon (4 months)
I just dont get why people are so dumb.. To me - Its the typical "liberal"
way. If they (liberals) dont like something, then it should be banned and
not allowed.. How about you watch another video and stop clicking play.

Author 59strat (2 months)
I agree fuck all up with sparrows fucking gray squrrels and there squirrel
pox doing some damage to the reds

Author Paul Boyer (3 months)
Good work! Is that an air rifle? I am afraid NJ laws would not let us use
those. Our only option seems to be trapping.
Also liked your camera set up with the telescopic sight.

Author Erilh Sales (2 months)
I just came here to read all the butthurt people's comments about why kill
English Sparrows with these lines, "WHY KILL ENGLISH SPARROWS? YOU SHOULD
demented? Killing birds or killing a fellow human being?

Edit: I also wonder, who is the main villain in our ecology? Human pests or
animal pests?

Author Tomas Kouba (2 months)

Author mary birder (5 months)
Sparrows, Pigeons and Starlings are not this county's biggest threat,
however this fact doesn't stop you from going into battle mode. It's
apparent you enjoy firing off one of several rifles in your collection, so
why not put your talent towards a more productive and admirable cause and
fight the real enemy and threat to our fine country. Instead of killings
off little birdies, why not join the armed force's and eradicate our real
enemies. A boy can fire a rifle as a pretend soldier, but it takes a man
to recognize a true threat and fight for a cause worth fighting for. When
you put things into perspective, killings off defenseless, little birds is
truly quite silly. 

Author Logan Smith (3 months)
And people complain that cats kill too many birds and need to be eradicated
from our society. What about these fucking dumb asses? Who kill thousands
of birds for fun? At least feral cats kill birds and eat them for

Author Screen Wipes (4 months)
Your basically a serial killer

Author xavier nettles (27 days)
hey im buying a airsoft gun for hunting im only buying something under 25
what should I get

Author Prime Aestheticx (5 months)
dude how much is that rifle.

Author Sweatbeak 95910 (3 months)
You are a ass

Author Artis Jansons (2 months)
suka jebana

Author MeestahChuklesOne4 (3 months)
The comments on here are hilarious! You earned a new subscriber buddy! 

Author charmander 506 (29 days)
Pidgey fainted

Author Upan Ptol (5 months)
ты не нормальный критин,убиваешь ради развличения мелких птиц,пидарас

Author Michael Tuber (18 hours)
Ugh that pelican case is awesome. 

Author nathan wolanyk (5 months)
I wish I knew where I could shoot sparrows. I have a nice air rifle now and
want to kill some pests! 

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