This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Gardeners' Chronicle says: "It is not in England alone that Mr. Fish's complaints of the sparrows (see Gardeners' Chronicle, July 10 p. 54) find an echo. Everywhere in Europe, and even in Algiers, these greedy and too prolific birds are becoming more and more a scourge of the farmers and gardeners. Essentially seed eaters, and not despising sugary fruits, the sparrows swoop down in great numbers on the ripening harvests and on the seed-bearing plants of our gardens, where they would not leave a seed unharmed if it were not for continual vigilance. Cunning and obstinate, as well as audacious, they only laugh at traps and scarecrows and the report of a gun only disperses them for a moment, to return in still greater numbers. Of all winged creatines it is the sparrow who best represents the rabble of our towns and villages. Nature, however, has her reason for having created sparrows. The sparrow is one wheel in the great mechanism of the globe, and it has only become obnoxious by excessive increase. This brings us to the point of finding a means of reducing the number of sparrows to its proper proportion.
Does this means exist? We do not hesitate to reply in the affirmative; not only does the means exist, but it is most simple, and this perhaps is the reason that nobody has availed himself of it."