Although the songs birds sing are typically pleasing and pleasant, the song and nuisance of the starling is usually more of a bother than anything. Each year, as spring and summer hit, starlings prove to be more of an outdoor headache than anything due to their messy nests, irritating songs and constant flying. However, there is a way to catch them by building a trap, so they will be deterred from making permanent homes in a residential back yard.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- False bird house front
- 10 Feet of 4-inch white sewer pipe
- 12-inch by 10-inch by 10-inch cage
- 1/4 inch bolts
- Elbow for 4-inch pipe
- Anchor stakes
- Flat black spray paint
- Tin snips
Paint the inside of the top portion of the pipe and the elbow. If starlings notice a glare in the pipe and discover there is no floor to the birdhouse, they will be less apt to enter your trap. The spray from the spray paint will enter the pipe nearly 10 to 12 inches, which is sufficient. Be sure to mask off the pipe while you paint it to keep it white on the outside.
Attach the birdhouse front to the pipe elbow. Bolt the front directly to the pipe.
Put the elbow onto the pipe, without gluing it. The elbow should be allowed to turn on the pipe, so it can turn with the wind. This makes it easier for the starlings to enter the house depending on the weather.
Cut a 4-inch round hole into the cage with your tin snips.
Insert the long pipe, with the elbow and birdhouse front attached, into the cage. Make sure to leave the pipe far enough up from the floor of the cage that the starling can exit into the cage. Bolt the pipe to the cage to make it more secure.
Anchor your trap in your yard with your anchor stakes. These can be heavy-duty wires stuck into the ground. You can use actual tent stakes. Another option is to drive a fence post into the ground and anchor the trap to it.
Tips and warnings
- Observe your trap constantly. If birds other than starlings get into it, empty it at once.
- Wear gloves when removing starlings from the trap.
- Be careful as you open the door to get the starlings. The birds sometimes fly out quickly.
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