Today was a great day to take a stroll around Mill Pond. I’ve been strolling through life with my husband for about 30 years now, and a simple Sunday afternoon walk somewhere near our Long Island home suits us fine. We get a little fresh air, sunshine, and exercise as we talk about this and that and marvel at the scenery.
Mill Pond is located in Bellmore, New York. The trail is a 1.1 mile loop where you can admire the wildlife, as you take an easy stroll on mostly flat terrain. The trail loops around the pond, but does have occasional points where you can wander off and be a little adventurous.
It is a memorial trail dedicated in loving memory of Adam D. Rand who died saving others on September 11, 2001 with Squad 288, FDNY. Adam D. Rand was also active in the Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department. You can find a 911 Memorial on the trail loop. We also found and met many dog walkers, families, and couples just enjoying this little hideaway right off the Wantagh Parkway.
The pond attracts quite a gathering of birds. As you stroll along you can hear various chirps, honks, warbles, and general bird chatter. The ducks and swans seem to be swimming in pairs as the spring season is closing in. The geese seem to outnumber the other birds on the pond. Steps away from the highway and suburban life there is a collection of aquatic birds.
As we were at the tail end of the loop, we were greeted with a gaggle of geese. I’m guessing they were expecting us to feed them because they had no fear of a human encounter. The geese encounter was a great way to end our stroll and I took some great photos too. I’m sure we will be back again to Mill Pond for a stroll and to other nearby Long Island trails for a great way to live a happy retirement life!
I have returned to Mill Pond and discovered that it is even more beautiful in the spring time. I really enjoy the birds of Mill Pond as I sit on a bench and take in all their antics. Now that spring has arrived, they are on land more grazing on the grass and they don’t seem to mind me marveling their beauty as they strut along or glide along the waters. Mill Pond is surrounded by homes, busy streets, and a parkway, but somehow it feels like you have been transported to a rural town in a quiet, remote landscape.
Update! The goslings have arrived. They are little fuzzy eating machines. Proud mamas and papas are all around the lake with their offspring. As a newly retired teacher, I have to say I never really enjoyed the outdoors as much as I have this spring. I usually only see the baby geese from the side of the road as I sit in bumper to bumper traffic on the parkway. Looking forward to sharing more of my adventures on Long Island.