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 XF360 (1 month)
It's amazing how many 'vegetarians' are clicking on hunting videos...

Author (3 months)
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 Douglas Moreland (18 days)
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 Тэо Старостенко (1 month)
Could I hunt with a 450-470 FPS 0.20 g bb (Eurasian Collared Dove)?

Author TrololoMahn (2 months)
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 mandea (1 month)
this guy is an idiot! he enjoy killing birds!

Author Tommy Wegman (1 month)
More people need to be shooting these little flying douchebags

Author Joseph Scott Jr. (2 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 Mike913123 (3 months)
This guy is a piece of shit! Fucking bastard!!!

Author Shivani Verma (1 day)
Listen, i am a pure vegan. Neither i eat fish nor eggs, neither meat nor
chicken. .. And i m proud to be a vegan. I am not killing any form of
life.ok?they too have families ! 

Author voodoo101111 (3 months)
another jumped up american with a gun i most shoot something attitude.

Author omar al-kadhi (3 months)
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 Blitz4000 (4 days)
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 Dt0x75 (14 days)
lol you must feed that cat a lot of birds... hes getting FAT!

Author Iris Simancas (1 month)
For someone who has saved sparrows from certain death, this is very
upsetting. I have two disabled ones. Sparrows are great creatures, they're
smart, they enjoy a good little snooze in your warm hands, they like
hanging out on your shoulders, and are a joy to watch preen and chirp.
I'm sure there are other ways of culling their numbers more humanely
(reducing sparrow-specific nesting sites, for example). Killing them like
this isn't a significant way of doing it.

Author philippe nocq (5 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. (4 months)
Shoot yourself in the head moron

Author Kapov (25 days)
I love shooting birds

Author Randy's Airgun Adventures (27 days)
Thanks for this very informative and inspiring video, Ted. :-) Maybe one
day half the jack asses who click on you're hunting videos will realize
what good you are actually doing to the national and international
ecosystems just from Winconsin. Cheers from Missouri. 

Author abloogywoogywoo (3 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 Real Lyrics (1 month)

Author Mary Mullins (3 months)
****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 Marzipan cake (1 month)
humans are predators as wolves, eagles, lions etc... then hunting is in our
nature buddies

Author ImThatGuyYouWishYouWere (1 month)
Lol some people are so sensitive it's crazy. Go cry about the atrocities in
Iraq and Syria where human beings are being mass murdered and stop bitching
about some guy shooting down a bird.

Author GORDON WIGHAM (2 months)
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 tehkoalainsurgency (1 month)
To the people complaining and completely missing the point of killing
vermin: It's freaking VERMIN! Unless you vermin loving people out there
want to adopt them as pets... fuck off.

Author jose delvalle (1 month)
Here is a link where you can find any solution for any bird, here is the
youtube link,,, Bird Man Mel - Attracting Woodpeckers...

Author DATA (1 month)
Stop complaining they are invasive birds taking over nests and killing
chicks that's why they are shot

Author IvanNo1tube (5 months)
If you're not native American that mean thet you are pest also, why don't
you kill yourself?

Author Kapov (25 days)
Why so many dislikes ? It's a nice video.

Author Hazel McMillan (2 months)
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 pumasgoya (2 months)

Author trefod (8 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 Long Haired James (2 months)
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 fredy mora (2 days)
What gun do you use

Author Papa Ritz (5 days)
How do you afford those expensive pellet rifles? Good video

Author Joseph Aragon (18 hours)
poor birdie but you need control the population of birds T-T

Author Jerry Giesler (10 days)
Phew..... Thought you're going after the killdeers.....

Author dogwatch (3 months)
This is disgusting, no animal should be killed after acting naturally, like
this if you agree with me

Author Docdaugh (3 months)
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 eyeofjake (9 days)
Cats do love eating sparrows.

Author Cristian Ixchajchal (2 days)
MI will kill you bitch

Author Arc Light (6 days)
I wonder if it is the sort of pest you make out ?

Author Alys Murphy (5 days)
where in wisconsin are you? i shoot alot of feral pigeons myself

Author M37ALH3AD (6 days)
Shoot them with airsoft gun no kill just scare away or put scarecrowish
thing nearby to keep em away

Author Leon Pierce (7 days)
Good shooting

Author Sovereign Rex Mundi (9 days)
I hope someone shoots this human because he is in an area some other human
decides he should not be in. 

Author Jefferson E Tomlinson Jr (16 days)
my next toy PCP rifles 

you needed to be shot 

Author Alex Silva (10 days)
u guys kill birds and eat dogs . cold blood animais

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