Hello! This is a request for advice/support from those of you who trap and euthanize HOSPs. Please don't read this if killing anything is upsetting to you. I live in fairly urban neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, and I enjoy feeding my local native birds in my garden. I have never seen a bluebird in my neighborhood, but it is my fantasy dream that one day I can bring them into the neighborhood (they live not too far down by a river). I suspect our huge urban HOSP population is a deterrent. We get A LOT of HOSPs at the feeder, and they compete aggressively with the cardinals, chickadees, golden finches and other natives we are trying to attract. I avoid provoding HOSP favorite foods, opting for striped black sunflower, safflower, and finch mix (in a supposedly "HOSP proof" feeder), but the HOSPs seem to enjoy these just as much and aren't deterred by any feeder I have ever employed. They will even eat the suet I put out for the woodpeckers. I have a repeating sparrow trap and have recently employed it to trap and kill the HOSPs. After studying the different methods available for dispatching the HOSPs, the best one for me seems to be [edited for content] as awful and unpleasant as it is to me. I am providing the dead HOSPs to a wildlife shelter, so I can't use a gun or any method that would make the birds unsafe for a raptor to eat. I am not keen on the gassing method, either. Not sure why, I just don't like the idea of having extra supplies/apparatus designed for killing. Somehow, [edited for content] seems like the most "fair and natural" method, although I realize this is very silly. Anyway, to get to my issue - I want to be as humane and quick as possible. [edited for content] Is this "normal"? Am I doing it wrong? I don't want to traumatize the HOSPs, or myself, for that matter. So far I have killed 5 HOSPs and have and endless number of them left to face. I'm looking for any good tips on dealing with this situation. Thank you (and sorry for the long winded explanation/question and the gruesomeness of this topic).