Mist nets (57 m) were used in 10 ha of vineyard in order to capture and remove house sparrows, Passer domesticus, which had caused US$4500 damage during 1981. During a 10-day operation in June 1982, 2754 sparrows were caught and removed. A total of 133 other birds were caught and released. No bird damage to the vineyard was reported during the harvest of 1982, and non-target species were not affected. We recommend this method against flocks of house sparrows and possibly other small birds which are pests in vineyards and orchards, and possibly also in cowsheds and chicken coops.