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Monty

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PostSubject: box trap   Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:09 pm

I put one of my box traps out last night on a post to let it "pretend" it's a birdhouse. Caught one female sparrow this morning. They don't survive trauma very well. She'd only been in the trap about 20 or 30 minutes, and when I took her out, she died about five minutes later.

But, while I was out checking and cleaning my trail, a male sparrow got in the box trap. When I took him out, he was still very much alive. I put him in my repeater with food and water. Hopefully he'll draw more in. I'm going to put a large shelf on the outside wall of my shed so I can put the trap, off the ground, on it, and see if they come to it any better.

And, I saw several bluebirds while checking my boxes!
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PostSubject: Re: box trap   Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:34 pm

Sounds like a winner all around!
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PostSubject: Re: box trap   Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:52 pm

Alright! Great to hear about the HOSPs and the bluebirds. I just wanted to make sure that you clipped the male HOSP's wings so that nothing happens. You don't want to risk them getting away!
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PostSubject: Re: box trap   Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:00 pm

No worries there. I've only had one or two get away. I've learned my lesson(s). If I'm in the field, I have a large trash bag with me to put the trap into. Then I open it. If the bird gets out, it only ends up trapped again in the trash bag where I can identify it, and either release or destroy.
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