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Birdsong and Swamp Trails Loop

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Mendon Ponds County Park

Birdsong and Swamp Trails Loop is a 1.7 mile loop trail located near Honeoye Falls, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 154 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is a moderately hilly trail. One of the highlights is the Nature Center with its gardens and interpretative displays related to geology, and native plants and animals. In winter chikadees will eat sunflower seeds out of the palm of your hand. The southern end of the trail passed through a swamp with a boardwalk. Look for wildflowers, bayberry, red maple trees, alders and a variety sedges and rushes. Take time to read the interpretative displays along the trail. You may decide to do a 3/4 mile hike called the square instead, which is an easy walk over gently rolling terrain. No pets, horses, or cross country skiing allowed.

hiking
8 days ago

Yesterday I took my two teenaged sons to the Birdsong Trail for the first time and I brought black oil sunflower seed for them to hold out in their palms so the birds would eat right out of their hands. They loved it. Even though it is mid-May, the birds still came to feed. Within 3 minutes, my older son had both a Downy woodpecker and a chickadee land on his palm at the same time! We stayed about half an hour and during that half hour we each had chickadees, nuthatches and tufted titmice eating out of our palms. I'd never seen a Downy woodpecker do that and it only happened once but it was so cool. Reaching teenagers is tough so this was a win. I've only done the square part of the hike and it's a lovely walk, sometimes crowded so get there early unless you want to have a lot of people passing by as you're trying to feed the birds.

hiking
21 days ago

Bring some bird seed to feed the birds directly from your hand. The birds are more likely to feed in the morning and in cooler months when it’s harder for them to find food.

hiking
1 month ago

At the start you can bring bird seed and feed the birds. Great wide smooth trail that connects to other trails. Beautiful park all around.

hiking
1 month ago

Such an awesome place. You can feed the birds here by hand if you are patient enough, and bring some bird seed. The fairy houses are adorable as well!

This was a relaxing, peaceful walk in the woods with a lot of fun along the way. I love seeing the fairy houses and birds! Not very difficult and trail was very well marked and easy to follow.

Loved the fairy houses and feeding the birds and chipmunks.

hiking
9 months ago

Done this one hundreds of times

hiking
9 months ago

Bring some bird seed and hold it out in your open hand. The birds will fly down, land on your hand, and eat!

hiking
10 months ago

amazing activity for family of all ages.

hiking
muddy
snow
Tue Mar 19 2019

hiking
Mon Sep 04 2017

Nice trail - mostly wooded so good for hot days. Lots of small up and down hills but nothing too big.

hiking
Thu Sep 22 2016

Spotted a coyote on this trail this afternoon. He ran away from me! Beautiful walk otherwise.

hiking
Tue Sep 03 2013

The trail was not marked very well for half of it (south side). The north side was not marked still but the trail was at least present. A couple of stops allowed us to put our feet in the water to cool us down, which was awesome of this muggy day. Overall, easy trail as we did this one with our 5month old (carried in our beloved Moby Wrap) and our 2 and a half year old (who walked 90% of it on her own!).

Wed Jun 05 2013

Easy hiking. A lot of wildlife. Feed chickadees and chipmunks sunflower seeds from your hand. Careful navigating the trail; it could be marked better.

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