Yesterday morning we were woken by the sound of a helicopter and bombs going off. No, we don’t live in a war torn area (thankfully) and the bombs were not like those I remember from my days living in London in the early 70’s. The bombs in question were being dropped to deliberately set off avalanches. After 2 solid days of snow, the mountains can be a very dangerous place to wander and the powers that be send up the helicopter(s) to trigger the avalanches in a controlled way. See this link for a video of some bombs being dropped in our neighbouring valley above Grimentz:
Huge Avalanche triggered by helicopter bombing
I think I’ve said before that it never ceases to amaze me that some birds hang around throughout the winter in this extremely harsh environment. Temperatures recently have been as low as -14 C (7F) with a high during the day of no more than -4 C (25F). The ground is now covered completely, so there can’t be many insects for them to find. Needless to say, our feeder has proved very popular, with the birds below all photographed in the last couple of days.