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 (7 days)
It's amazing how many 'vegetarians' are clicking on hunting videos...

Author (2 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 TrololoMahn (1 month)
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 (3 months)
fucking idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck you from poland skurwysynu...

Author Tommy Wegman (27 days)
More people need to be shooting these little flying douchebags

Author Mike913123 (2 months)
This guy is a piece of shit! Fucking bastard!!!

Author IvanNo1tube (4 months)
If you're not native American that mean thet you are pest also, why don't
you kill yourself?

Author omar al-kadhi (2 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 philippe nocq (4 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. (3 months)
Shoot yourself in the head moron

Author Atikarsh Singh (5 months)
Fuck u motherfucker killing inocent creature for ur fun its so sad ..

Author Тэо Старостенко (2 days)
Could I hunt with a 450-470 FPS 0.20 g bb (Eurasian Collared Dove)?

Author abloogywoogywoo (2 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 Mary Mullins (2 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 (6 days)
humans are predators as wolves, eagles, lions etc... then hunting is in our
nature buddies

Author mandea (12 days)
this guy is an idiot! he enjoy killing birds!

Author ImThatGuyYouWishYouWere (14 days)
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 tehkoalainsurgency (19 days)
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 (17 days)
Here is a link where you can find any solution for any bird, here is the
youtube link,,, Bird Man Mel - Attracting Woodpeckers...

Author Hazel McMillan (1 month)
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 Joseph Scott Jr. (1 month)
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 pumasgoya (1 month)

Author trefod (7 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 Ant avery (1 month)
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 joshua12345676 (1 month)
In most outdoor videos I watch, almost always here these suckers chirping
in the background... It is ridiculous. I have taken a dozen or so from our
property this year, and the same or more of starlings.. Keep up the good
work. The haters need to go do some research.

Author dogwatch (2 months)
This is disgusting, no animal should be killed after acting naturally, like
this if you agree with me

Author Docdaugh (2 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 Jovan Gorgievski (1 day)
what an asshole i hope you eat them after you kill them .

Author Galaxy Wolf AJ (1 day)

Author Kyle Collins (5 days)
what kind of air rifle are you using?

Author Julien Froidevaux (6 days)
Nice to see a environmentalist at work , do you have a composting toilet to

Author JW (3 months)
What you will do if someone shoot to you?

Author Liza Bates (1 day)
Popcrackle...wouldn't removing the bird feeder be cruel? I mean, the poor
native birds would have to look elsewhere for food. Let me help end your
confusion...the title of the video explains it. It says, "English Sparrow
(pest) eradication from bird feeder." The English sparrow is not a native
species here and it drives native birds away from feeders and roosting
sites, which means it's a PEST. That's why the "bird lover" wants them
removed, so the native birds can come back. Why is he shooting a
starling? Because they are even worse than the sparrows. Starlings will
kill native birds and are nothing more than flying maggots.

Here's what's really disturbing, which most of you less-than-70-IQ
complainers just don't understand: NOBODY IS FORCING YOU TO WATCH THESE
VIDEOS. They even have disclaimers at the beginning, yet you watch anyway,
then you come up in here and post completely ignorant statements showing
just how blatantly stupid YOU are. Telling a person to get cancer and die
is far, far more disturbing (to an intelligent person, at least) then
watching invasive birds being shot with a pellet gun. Those of you saying
crap like that need serious help, because your words show just how
distorted your views on life really are. When you wish death on a person
in spite of a stupid pest bird, you are displaying abnormal behavior and
you need help right now.

What's next....are you goons going to start protesting the factories that
make mouse traps and gopher poison? Should fly strips and bug lights be
banned because we humans are so bent on destroying everything? Here's one
for you: mind your own business. If the homeowner wanted those birds
removed, so be it. If they guy removing them wanted to post a video of it,
so be it. If you don't like it that's your right, but keep your mindless
comments to yourselves. Telling a guy to shoot himself for ANY REASON
shows that you have no concept of reality and in MY opinion, you are a
danger to society.

And make sure when you vote to pick the one most likely to invade another
country and have thousands of innocent women and children killed, all while
sporting your "support our troops" sticker on the back of your SUV.

Author anton823 (6 days)
great video.....I love your commentary....keep up the pest control

Author Thomas Scardina (3 days)
you are awesome

Author THE NOBILE BEAST (7 days)
Do u get paid cus u said " I have a job to do " just wondering 

Author Iris Simancas (4 days)
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 Hugo Alanis (13 days)

Author Eco Rs (3 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 Bryce Rae (9 days)
you are the saddest person in the world. You should be ashamed of yourself
and regret killing innocent birds that have done nothing wrong and also get
a life that isn't killing birds

Author Danush Chan (3 months)
All your kills will be paid oneday and i am sure that will be very painful.
May god bless you:) 

Author claudio tello (8 days)
eres un maldito,IMBECIL

Author Monsieur Taupe (15 days)
J'utlise aussi deux FX's, une "Storm", & une "Royale 400" calibre 5.5
(.22), et je suis ravi de mon choix, efficacité, precision, des milliers de
rats, pigeons malades tires sur des sites industriels, voir des zones
peri-urbaines, sous des ouvrages d'art, mon metier m'offre de multiples
occasions de mettre dans le mille, je cherche un sponsor, je change d'arme
PCP tous les deux ans...

Author Ariel Martinez (11 days)
you rock man! amazing videos and amazing rifle!! 

Author Marcos Veliz (21 day)
eso es un delito =(

Author Marco Morales (19 days)
Did that take the birds head of

Author ollymeg (17 days)
Trap them and send them back over here where they are in severe decline, I
haven't seen one where I live for 20 years or more now, tell you what do a
swap you take back all your fucking American mink which are decimating our
native water voles and the like and we 'll have back our English sparrows

Author Dimitri Stankovic (23 days)
wait is this killing bird ?

Author Zephod Beeblebrox (3 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 La Shaw (18 days)
Cripes ALL this Owner had to do.. Put out the PROPER FOOD... Holy mother of
hades.. How cruel and Idiot can someone be... So You call Yourself a "Bird
Lover" huh no,, Impossible. 

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