>You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out
We enjoy having the little Sparrows hanging around the back yard. Some of them are surprisingly colorful.
We hung some birdhouses on the Chicken Coop so we can watch them nest. Recently the Starlings have started terrorizing the Sparrows. They like to reach into the birdhouses and pull out all the nesting material that the sparrows have gathered. I stapled some chickenwire over the houses, thinking that would solve the problem. The sparrows can squeeze through but the starlings can’t. You can see the sparrows in the top photo.
Today I saw that one of the big birds was able to reach through the wire and get his head all the way inside the nest.
First let me explain that Starlings are such pests that even the Idaho Birdwatchers Club members hate them. They steal the nests of The Mountain Bluebird which is the Idaho State Bird. Some people go to great lengths and expense to try to encourage the survival of the very beautiful Bluebird. I have only seen a couple since we’ve lived here but they are quite striking.
I decided to take direct action against the Evil Starlings… If I caught them harassing the sparrows, I was going to shoot them with the air rifle.
First I had to make sure it was sighted in. I figured 2 pumps would be enough for the distance. I stood inside and shot through a crack in the door at a mark on the shed. Imagine my surprise when the BB bounced back and hit the house.
What the Heck!
I’m lucky I didn’t break one of my windows.
I know… “I’ll try a soft lead pellet, it won’t richochet as much”.
I dodged the bullet (pellet) again, when it also bounced back and hit the house.
Dude, you better be careful or you’re going to making an expensive trip to the Window Store.
For my final attempt I decided to use another BB and to shoot at the relatively soft, pine bird house.
You can see the BB embedded next to the hole.
UPDATE: FYI, I didn’t have to shoot any Starlings.
The Sparrows made nests in two of the birdhouses and have actually hatched some babies.
I guess the chickenwire worked after all.