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The Sieve Trap


This device certainly possesses one great advantage:--it is not

complicated. Any one possessed of a sieve and a piece of string

can get up the trap at two minutes' notice, and provided he has

patience, and can wait for his little bird, he is almost sure to

be rewarded for his pains,--if he wait long enough. This of course

depends upon circumstances: when the birds are plenty and are not

shy, it is a common thing to sec
re three or four at once in a

very few minutes, while at other times an hour's patient waiting

is unrewarded.

The trap consists only of a sieve tilted up on edge and thus propped

in position by a slender stick. To this stick a string or thread is

attached and the same carried to some near place of concealment,

when the trapper may retire out of sight and watch for his little

bird. The ground beneath the sieve is strewn with bread crumbs,

seed or other bait, and while the unsuspecting birds are enjoying

their repast, the string is pulled and they are made prisoners.

The sieve may be arranged with a spindle as described for the coop

trap, page (68), and may thus be left to take care of itself. Where

the birds are plenty and easily captured, the former method answers

the purpose perfectly, but when tedious waiting is likely to ensue

the self-acting trap is better.