Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time at Mendon ponds, but never before had fed the birds. Jason, Lucas and I walked along the Quaker Pond Trail Loop with a huge bag of bird seed. No birds were in sight.
On our way back, to our surprise, we heard the chirping of birds and Jason spotted two in a tree. Dozens of birds came to us.
When the first bird lands on your hand you feel the weight of their small body and the prickly texture of their claws. This feeling of awareness brings you back to life after a long cold winter. A moment to remember.
This is 2.7 mile easy trail over level terrain. Beavers have been active in this area for many years. As you cross the wooden footbridges over moving water, look around for evidence of felled trees, dams, lodges and even a beaver meadow. There are also three observation points offering great views of the pond and waterfowl viewing, especially during migrations. You will see wildflowers, ferns, sedges, rushes, and an interesting variety of shrubs. No pets or horses allowed.