Lacs de la Corne and de la Brèche Walk, Valais, Switzerland

Yesterday, Jude and I took advantage of what might be the last drop of Spring sunshine for a while, by driving down to the Rhone valley to do a bit of bird spotting. Our route took us through the woods around 2 small lakes and alongside quite a few holes of the Sierre Golf Course.

Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get any decent shots of any of the birds but, for any enthusiasts out there, we spotted a few Goldeneyes, a pair of Mallards and a female Goosander on one of the lakes and 2 European Nuthatches, a (probably Great) Spotted Woodpecker, a Treecreeper, a Crow, a Robin and several Blue, Great and Long-tailed tits in the surrounding woods. Had I had a ‘fishing rod’ with me, I could have collected about 20 golf balls from the streams running between the course and the footpaths.

And, yes, that is a very hardy lady swimming in one of the lakes in picture 8. The air temperature couldn’t have been more than 13 degrees C (55 F) maximum, so I would imagine, after clear skies overnight, the water temperature was in single digits C (or somewhere between 32 and 48 F). We stopped nearby for lunch and saw her drying herself, like a cormorant, with arms out and facing the sun. Once dried and dressed she walked by and Jude asked her if she swam every day. She answered by saying that she tries to go in as often as she can, within the confines of her work schedule, which is about 2 or 3 times per week. Brrrr….!

8 thoughts on “Lacs de la Corne and de la Brèche Walk, Valais, Switzerland

  1. Whoa — that’s a cold lake to be swimming in, and a very hardy Swiss woman. Wonderful to see your photos here, Mike, as always. And I really enjoyed hearing which birds you spotted, as well. Many thanks for sharing this fun adventure with us.

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    • You’re very welcome Jet. 😊 Jude was very jealous of the lady swimming and, you never know, we may well go back later in the year when it warms up… I didn’t mention it but the lady had a head covering and some gloves on, which I understand is recommended for ‘wild swimming’ in cold waters. (I’m sure I’d need a bit more than that!) 🥶

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