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Join date : 2010-02-20
Location : Wabash, IN

PostSubject: Van Ert sparrow traps   Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:25 pm

Hello everyone!

Yes, I know it's been a long, long time since I've been here, and I am sorry. But, I'm back, and with a vengeance. Last summer I noticed several pairs of blues and swallows sitting on lines along a stretch of county road about five miles from mom's house. So, I decided to place some nest boxes there.

Both, the blues and swallows took to the boxes immediately. Unfortunately, soon thereafter, so did the sparrows. I didn't find any dead blues or swallows, which I was very grateful for. But, the sparrows were too wary of my box traps that my late-neighbor made, and I only caught a couple of females. No males. Or, did I catch a male? Well anyway, I caught far fewer males than I wanted to.

I haven't been able to find the original Huber inbox traps that my boxtraps were constructed from, using the same trigger design, except for blueprints how to build the Hubers. I was unsuccessful at it. So I turned my attention elsewhere to other traps.

I found the Van Erts. In 1-D on the website, it's hard to tell how they work. So when I received my three traps, I saw that they are spring-loaded. Put two anchor screws inside the front of the box to hang the trap on; pull the spring-loaded trap door down; raise the trigger up until the tiny hook catches on the top edge of the trap's door and it's set. Carefully close the box and wait. I really cannot wait to try these!

I have at least three males I have to catch this year, and now I have three traps to work their magic. I'm horribly excited! I was on B&B recently, talking about my new traps, and one gentleman replied: We should start a new forum on here: the Spatzie Squad. I remembered the Sparrow Squad and told him I would see if you were still here. Glad you are!

Sparrows, here we come! hahahahahahaha

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