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You always have such lovely recommendations in your area!

Do you have any for fall foliage hopefully reachable by public transport? Merci
Everything is reachable by public transport in Switzerland, more or less. Leaves here are just beginning to turn, quite late- and heavy frost last night, so not sure how long it will last. We are off to the Alps soon for the 'flaming' larch. We love Val -d'Hérens, with the lovely ancient villages of Evolène and Les Haudéres, the walks to the Glaciers, and around Arolla and Ferpècle at the top.

In the Jura, Chasseral is accessible by bus- but perso I so much prefer Les Rasses and walk up to Chasseron - where you can have a nice meal and even spend the night- and then come back down, or over t'other side and walk down to Buttes, to catch the train to Neuchâtel.
Or from Les Rasses, bus to St Croix and then the lovely train down to Yverdon, and on back home. Or down the Gorges de Covatanne, and train to Yverdon from Vuitboeuf. The list is endless...
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Everything is reachable by public transport in Switzerland, more or less. Leaves here are just beginning to turn, quite late- and heavy frost last night, so not sure how long it will last. We are off to the Alps soon for the 'flaming' larch. We love Val -d'Hérens, with the lovely ancient villages of Evolène and Les Haudéres, the walks to the Glaciers, and around Arolla and Ferpècle at the top.

In the Jura, Chasseral is accessible by bus- but perso I so much prefer Les Rasses and walk up to Chasseron - where you can have a nice meal and even spend the night- and then come back down, or over t'other side and walk down to Buttes, to catch the train to Neuchâtel.
Or from Les Rasses, bus to St Croix and then the lovely train down to Yverdon, and on back home. Or down the Gorges de Covatanne, and train to Yverdon from Vuitboeuf. The list is endless...
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Yes, thanks - myswitzerland in general is great for ideas, but I also appreciate personal recommendations from someone I trust.
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ooh, be careful....my downstairs neighbour has complained to me about feeding the birds because "they then sing too loudly in the nearby tree" (tree branches are at the height of my window)

Thank goodness I was wearing a mask that hid my grin, though I'm sure it showed in my eyes! I have acted appropriately .... aka changed nothing!

Only in Switzerland
The clue for us was when the neighbors started hanging shiny foil and CDs off their garden... then came the knock.


Still feeding like that did not happen, just more stealthily, which is also better for the birds and critters anyway.
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Old 14.10.2021, 18:08
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We do not feed birds in Summer as it is best that they forage and eat natural foods and insects, a protein rich diet. But as weather got much colder all of a sudden- I have put sunflower seeds on all the feeders and birds are coming in droves.

Never had a wood geai before, but one is happily muching on the soaked raisins I've thrown on the grass. And along with the wagtails, sparrows, and tits of every kind (the only one we don't get here is the long tail- we had so many in our UK garden!) - the nuthatches are back. So happy about this as I have not seen a single one here last winter and during the whole year. How lovely.

So nice of you for taking care of the birds. Birds take refuge on my small balcony when it gets cold and windy. I like observing them while drinking my tea.
Had to listen to this song


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Re: Feeding birds :)

Well, I’m still not convinced that disrupting their feeding and migratory habits is a good thing.

When there is a fresh snowfall I’ll help them out for a couple of days, but nothing more.
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Re: Feeding birds :)

I usually feed a bit all year round, just a few seeds on the balcony during the summer mostly as a reminder that they can find food there. When we get ready to go to the UK at the end of September I put the proper bird feeders out with plenty of bird balls to keep them going while we're away, then drop down to just one in each of them.

They don't get through them so fast as they used to since the neighbour got rid of the bushes he had in his front garden that they used to nest in. Don't get so many visiting because of that. We mostly have sparrows, with the occasional great tit or blue tit as well and even more rarely a robin will drop by.
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Re: Feeding birds :)

'I am waited for in Egypt. My friends are flying up and down the Nile, and talking to the large lotus flowers.'

'Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow, will you not stay with me one night, and be my messenger?'

(Sorry; it always makes me cry. Oscar Wilde.)
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Re: Feeding birds :)

My parents have always fed birds at their home in New York... and it's led to some interesting results over twenty five years.
The state does a bird count of varieties and the location of their house shows up as the part of the state with the most variety (at least it did five years ago).
They have two seagulls that have shown up regularly (pretty much daily) for nine years (until they disappear each winter).
They had at least three large hawks this past summer.

As much as I'd consider doing the same at any of our houses, we have a cat (the indoor kind), and I just think it would be wrong.
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You always have such lovely recommendations in your area!

Do you have any for fall foliage hopefully reachable by public transport? Merci
How about the Gorges de l'Areuse- train to Neuchâtel, change and go to Noiraigue. and then down to Champ-du-Moulin and lunch at La Truite restaurant, and then train to Neuch- to continue Gorges to Boudry and tram to Neuchâtel and train from there. And if you spend the night- perhaps a few absinthe distillers and the Maison de l'Absinthe Museum. PM:
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We only fill the feeders when snow covers the land. Otherwise they become too dependent on us and have difficulty when we cannot be about.
Been for several walks in woods and countryside this week, as weather so wonderful. Same time last year, the rowans and elders were covered with millions of berries, dragging branches to the ground- this year NOTHING as flowers and early fruit were destroyed by hail- so I think this year birds need help more than ever.

Lovely surprise this morning - they were waiting for me, 'gamin' and his wife- the semi-tame crows. They disappeared in April and I was worried they had been shot, or .... But after 3 nights of heavy frosts, it seems they thought 'time to return to Auntie at Ye Olde House. As I went out in the garden, they were both on the ash tree and I wondered if it was them. Soaked some dog pellets whilst I was having breakfast and went out again- still there. Threw the pellets on the grass and they were straight down, with me still standing there,

So, no doubt, it was them.Happy - made my day. It's the 4th year that they are regulars here- I have learnt to speak crow- very badly and awful accent I think- but when I call them they come immdiately.

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Well, I’m still not convinced that disrupting their feeding and migratory habits is a good thing.
The way I look at it is that humans have already caused enough distruption to wildlife habitat, so the least I can do is feed them when possible.
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Re: Feeding birds :)

Made the photos of the bird feeder at home. 3 years ago we just hanged the feed from a plant we had in the balcony. Lots of birds noticed the food, sadly a falcon saw it too. One Sunday, we were having coffee and a falcon came for a hunt, it was a successful one

During that winter, we waited 3 months, until placing bird feed once again. I didn't wanted to reinforce the behavior of the falcon. So, since we have no tree in the balcony, I found the little wood house in a pet shop, made the eaves from an old broom and build the whole thing. That way, while the birds are eating, any falcon circling above cannot see them. In the second photo there's a blurry little guest eating



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made the eaves from an old broom
Brilliant!

We, too, had a falcon snatch a feeding dove. It was horrific.

I feel sad whenever I see the resident doves nowadays - three pair and the loner who lost his/her mate.

I like your broom idea.

< Off I go to renovate my feeder... >
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Re: Feeding birds :)

We do have hobbies and sparrowhawk that come and pluck the odd sparrow- it is sad, and yet we accept it as part of nature. Feeding them all ...somehow.

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We do have hobbies and sparrowhawcks that come and pluck the odd sparrow- it is sad, and yet we accept it as part of nature. Feeding them all ...somehow.
Of course part of nature, but I don't want to see another falcon taking its time to eat in the balcony (taking apart the little bird)
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Re: Feeding birds :)

for sure, totally get you. And we all know cats (and I love my cat... but I am also fuly aware of the damage they can do- even 3 legged ones).
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On our morning drive I thought we needed our eyes checked...there were 2 pink flamingoes wading in shallow water. I didn't know they came this far north!
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wow- where??? You really should contact Vogelwarte to tell them of what you have seen and exact location.


https://www.vogelwarte.ch/en/home/
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wow- where??? You really should contact Vogelwarte to tell them of what you have seen and exact location.


https://www.vogelwarte.ch/en/home/
They live in Austria.
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Re: Feeding birds :)

Ummm...I doubt they'd care. I'm in Portugal until next week. Feel free to issue blobbies.
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