sparrows are consuming all of my sunflower seed and
driving my other birds away. How can I control
are an introduced species and are a major problem
for several of our native birds. They are not a
protected species and their nests should be removed
whenever the opportunity presents
sparrows at your feeders can be a challenge but
here are a few tips.
1. Use tube feeders
with shortened perches or the perches removed
altogether. Chickadees and other species will still
be able to feed.
2. For goldfinches
try feeding thistle (Nyjer) in seed
3. Offer suet in
your own homemade feeder or in one of the
commercial upside down suet feeders.
4. Safflower is
popular with cardinals but is less liked by house
Male house sparrow.
can I keep house sparrows out of my purple martin
How can I keep house sparrows out of my bluebird
have a significant negative impact on both nesting
bluebirds and purple martins. They have been known
to kill adult bluebirds on the nest. Sparrow traps
are available from the North
American Bluebird Society Web
several different purple martin house
manufacturers. In many cases there is no easy
deterrent. When selecting a bluebird box or purple
martin house be sure the design allows for easy
inspection and cleaning. Watch for signs of house
sparrows and remove the sparrow nesting material as
soon as you are aware of its presence. If you do
not have the time to care for the bluebird box or
martin house please close it for the season to
prevent house sparrows and starlings from taking
advantage of the situation.