Eisenhower Park in East Meadow has a lot to offer the people of Long Island throughout the seasons. In the winter, you may just want to get out for a little fresh air, and a brisk stroll around the lake just might be the answer.
A short drive will bring you to a place where not only you can get a little exercise, but you can enjoy the lakeside birds of Eisenhower Park. It was only natural for me, as an animal lover to focus on the unique behaviors of the birds as my husband and I made our way around the lake.
There were basically three cliques- the geese, the ducks, and the sea gulls. The geese were strolling around the lakeside until we approached, and they soon made their way onto the frozen lake. It’s funny to watch them because they gracefully glide across the frozen ice. They spread out across the frozen section of the lake content to be soaking up some sun. They allowed us to get pretty close to take some pictures.
As we made our way around the lake we discovered that the opposite end of the lake wasn’t frozen at all. One can assume the sun shines longer here. In this section we found the ducks, who seemed to not have a care in the world. They were swimming and splashing and having a grand old time. They were quite a contrast to the ice skating geese.
As we approached the final stretch of the lake we found the sea gulls. They were huddled together on the frozen lake with their feathers all puffed up, heads down looking pretty miserable. They literally seemed frozen in time longing for the dog days of summer and to be back on the beaches of Long Island.
Our walk was pretty quick, but when you’re retired you just want to get out for a little while. By the time we made our way around the lake a couple of times, we were happy to be home and out of the cold. We’ll be back to the lake at Eisenhower Park when it gets warmer, and take advantage of all the other events and attractions the park has to offer.