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Old 21.04.2012, 20:42
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Snowing heavily - please continue to feed the birds

We've had everything this week, high winds, sunshine, hale, rain, more sunshine. The birds in the garden have been foracious today as they knew before me what was going to happen tonight - HEAVY SNOW! Such good forecasters - please continue to feed the birds until Spring weather truly arrives. Half price bird food at CoOp now if it helps. Poor little things.

Thank goodness the swallows and house-martins haven't arrived yet - but I imagine 1000s will die as they are crossing the Alps as I write.
The small window that gives access to our old barn and their many nests is open, ready for them (cardboard underneath existing nests for the mess, which will all go into compost when they leave). A reminder that destroying nests to keep houses clean is illegal in CH - a simple plank fitted below will help greatly, ask
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Does anybody know how swallows and house martins can be helped when they arrive. They do not feed on seeds or fatty cereals at bird tables and hangers, and need flies on the wing (one reason why I tolerate the bl***y things)???

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We've had everything this week, high winds, sunshine, hale, rain, more sunshine. The birds in the garden have been foracious today as they knew before me what was going to happen tonight - HEAVY SNOW! Such good forecasters - please continue to feed the birds until Spring weather truly arrives. Half price bird food at CoOp now if it helps. Poor little things.

Thank goodness the swallows and house-martins haven't arrived yet - but I imagine 1000s will die as they are crossing the Alps as I write.

Does anybody know how swallows and house martins can be helped when they arrive. They do not feed on seeds or fatty cereals at bird tables and hangers, and need flies on the wing (one reason why I tolerate the bl***y things)???
We're still feeding the birds in Lausanne and have the most wonderful feathered visitors - greenfinches, blue-tits, coal-tits, collared doves, rock doves, blackbirds, magpies, sparrows and woodpeckers - all gobbling greedily and fighting for their rights in the restaurant on our balcony.
Unfortunately it's getting difficult to find wild bird food as the shops are stopping selling it.
I fear for the swallows and house martins, even though the house martins make a bit of a mess with their nest-building.
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Re: Snowing heavily - please continue to feed the birds

Our birds are much better at weather forecasting than the experts and you can virtually set the clock by when they eat. It's getting harder to find wild bird food now, most outlets have finished with it for the season. They are now eating our muesli mixed with various fruits and they don't like the cheap stuff. Still they are good fun to watch.
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Be careful with the birds seed that you purchase. I bought one year some that contained 'hemp' and low and behold I had a few pot plants growing in the neighbor's flower boxes.
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Re: Snowing heavily - please continue to feed the birds

Except for pigeons. I hope they all freeze to death.
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It's getting harder to find wild bird food now, most outlets have finished with it for the season.
Landi carries it's Freilandvogelfutter all year round . The little 1 or 2 kg sacks will disappear from the shelves with the first signs of spring, but you just have to ask - they keep the large sacks in the stock room. Our Landi will sell you as much or as little as you like, but I find it most economical to buy the whole 25 kg (or is it 30?) sack.
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Except for pigeons. I hope they all freeze to death.
Well, according to the Borgias you just need a couple of Hawks to resolve that issue


My birdfeeder housy also got emptied in the last week, 2 kgs of bird food, all gone
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well, according to the borgias you just need a couple of hawks to resolve that issue
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Re: Snowing heavily - please continue to feed the birds

Hi Odile

This afternoon we saw the first Swallows of the year, so i'm guessing they are on their way to you too. Is this early for them?
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About on time for lower altitudes in CH - how they made it over the Alps in heavy snow is a miracle- I imagine many didn't make it. We saw a few house-martins in Ovronnaz, quite high in the Valais Alps 2 weeks ago.

Not seen any up here yet - and I do hope they can wait a bit for the weather to warm up a bit - and mainly for the flies and insect to get busy. Swallows and house martins, etc, cannot feed on seed and bird feeders - they have to have insects - or they will starve. They hardly get a chance to feed on the massive flight over and have to feed as soon as they get here.

Like most of us, I hate the b****y flies - but when I get cross about it- I remember that they are essential in the food chain. First thing we did when we got here was to have fly-screens fitted on one window per room. Got one on the kitchen door too, but as I and dog are in and out every two minutes, it is not practical to use it- and the flies soon find out this little trick. Been saving old CDs so we will string them up over the door and see if it works. Will report as soon as we see them - we have lots of swallows and house-martin nests in our barn and we love watching their antics.

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Re: Snowing heavily - please continue to feed the birds

I also thought it was a bit early for Swallows, but when I thought I saw one, I asked an attractive young lady next to me:

"Swallow?"

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"You must be bl**dy joking!".
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Re: Snowing heavily - please continue to feed the birds

The birds are loving the old cheese I've put out on my balcony. I gave them a little bit of (cooked) bacon too. I thought birds ate bacon? Guess not.
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Old 26.04.2012, 21:25
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Except for pigeons. I hope they all freeze to death.
Boo! I like pigeons, especially when they try to eat chips.

EDIT: Oh! Birds like chips! I suppose they'll be happy with anything when there's nothing else to eat.
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The birds are loving the old cheese I've put out on my balcony. I gave them a little bit of (cooked) bacon too. I thought birds ate bacon? Guess not.
A good way to get rid of old bread. And much to my astonishment, some birds apparently like outer shells of onions. And even wilted parts of flower plants are appreciated if you carefully pick them out and deposit the stuff in a place, safe for the birds.

The obvious result is that quite many nice birds are just outside my apartment, and when I am on the balcony get round to check whether I prepare something for them
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Boo! I like pigeons, especially when they try to eat chips.

EDIT: Oh! Birds like chips! I suppose they'll be happy with anything when there's nothing else to eat.
The problem with the pigeons is their numbers. In Zürich, the city each year tries to attract falcons and hawks, and generally succeeds. They reduce the number of pigeons very nicely and without poisoning the environment.

As there is the famous chain Mövenpick (gull pick) which however does NOT offer grilled gulls, I hope that somebody will launch the Tauben-Grill (pigeons grill) offering grilled pigeons in various variants like > with Mayonnaise > with Curry Vindaloo > with Sauce Bourguignonne > with Dijon Mustard > with Sauce Tabasco .... and the menu served with noodles or Röschti or rice or Spaghetti or Risotto
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Pigeon is fine to eat ... unless it's the grey city ones. And they're the disease filled, shitting, loud, coo-y ones that I want dead.
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Oooo poor pigeons! Whatever did they do to you?

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Pigeon is fine to eat ... unless it's the grey city ones. And they're the disease filled, shitting, loud, coo-y ones that I want dead.
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When they are well grilled (trčs bien cuit / very well done) they no longer will be loud, but possibly rather delicious


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Oooo poor pigeons! Whatever did they do to you?

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to say it again, there simply are far far too many of them.

No, I, when on the lake, rather will feed THEM



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Got a couple of commune/gemeinde tickets and had a brilliant day today with a friend from the UK (Carol, some of you have met her). Gorgeous day in Luzern, old town, lunch, Bourbaki Museum then a nice boat trip by paddle steamer after a great lunch. Then off to Bern - again great atmosphere in this lovely weather - everybody sitting out in bars and cafés enjoying their 'pair of teeth' (apéritif)- and suddently, I heard them

and there they were right up there enjoying the thermals and their arrival, lots of them. Made my day.

Hope they will be with us up t'mountains soon.
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I also thought it was a bit early for Swallows, but when I thought I saw one, I asked an attractive young lady next to me:

"Swallow?"

To which she replied:

"You must be bl**dy joking!".
hahahahahahahahah
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