I went to war with an English sparrow this afternoon that is terrorizing my bird houses. For several years I have had blue birds in one and tree swallows in the other. As near as I can figure, this male sparrow killed four young swallows (I opened the box after I started seeing him and not the swallows), drove the swallows away and stands guard on the box. I don't think that he has a mate but is trying to attract one by showing off the fine house that he thinks that he owns. I thought about the best way to shoot him without doing damage to the bird house or spraying my neighbors. I had a couple of RWS .22 shotshells and decided to give them a try. I think that they are #12 shot so I knew I had to be pretty close. I chased him around for awhile but he wouldn't let me get close enough. I even posted up within range of the birdhouse, but I think that he saw me and stayed away. I was in the garage and saw him on a nearby fence and decided to give it a try. When I shot he flew away like I missed. I paced it off and it was 30 yds. But I never saw him the rest of the day and think that I must of hit him. Is that possible considering the range and the miniscule shot size? If I don't see him tomorrow I'll know either I did or he decided to get out of Dodge while he could.