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 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?

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

Author Tobey Blanton ( ago)
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 Sam Jackson ( ago)
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 Zachary Zhorne (49 years ago)

Author ideologicduck ( ago)
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 yalçın gözüküçük ( ago)
you son of a bitch

Author Michael F ( ago)
Great shooting.

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

Author charmander 506 ( ago)
Pidgey fainted

Author EDC Styles ( ago)
I betcha MOST of all the hater comments are from carniverous meat-eaters,
killing "helpless animals" daily. Fucking hypocrites!

Author Defender 2142 ( ago)
Lol if this dipshit even thinks he's making a dent in their population, the
only reason he's killing them because it gets his dick hard, thinning the
population of house sparrows is pretty much impossible unless he's got an
army of sparrow killers. At least be honest of the real reason you enjoy
killing helpless animals, bitch boi

Author ParadiseGamer ( ago)
What ammo do you use 

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

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

Author Debris Gaming ( ago)
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 Nasty Snipes ( ago)
How much money do birds have on your head

Author CHANNELgr (884 years ago)
Allah u akbar

Author FFFF ( ago)
Man i wish u die :) happy death day to you 

Author Craig M. Williams ( ago)
Awsome shooting

Author scottyrobot ( ago)
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 fabio godeiro ( ago)
How much for a air gun like yours?

Author Marsh Russell ( ago)
Another stupid cunt with a gun, Would love to turn that gun on your when
your trying to feed your family your a fucking moron! What is it with
Americans and guns? You still think your cowboys. Idiots

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

Author Erilh Sales (1708 years ago)
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 ( ago)

Author Artis Jansons ( ago)
suka jebana

Author 828biggs ( ago)
I was also taught from a young age that it is always open season on english
Just like the starlings they do not belong here.

Author алёша савинов ( ago)

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

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Author Jay Dee ( ago)
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 Logan Smith ( ago)
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 John Miller ( ago)
check weather forecasts for wind ahead of time.....that way you're not
wasting time and pellets, you cant reschedule someone for a less windy day?

Author Paul Boyer ( ago)
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 Sweatbeak 95910 ( ago)
You are a ass

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

Author Hunter Fulton ( ago)
Is 18 foot pounds of energy good for squirrels?

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

Author B. YURTSEVEN ( ago)
you can shoot bottle. why do you kill poor birds ? 

Author louis t ( ago)
need to post some good pictures that we can identife these better ////////
the link has only one good picture of a male 

Author John Smith ( ago)
Cause idk Americans have a history of leading the way to GROUND BREAKING
scientific achievements. But sparrows...fuck we got nothing. Seriously?
That's the dumbest shit I've ever heard. Honestly there has to be a better,
and more human way to deal with this problem then killing.

Author John Smith ( ago)
So there isn't a peaceful way to deter the sparrows from coming here in
America or keeping them from bird feeders? Nothing? Nothing at all?

Author jan christian Frodahl ( ago)
Warning! Cats will be fed after this video :p

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