A walk on the beautiful Brewer Riverwalk was made even more fun with a few stale Cheerios and some adorable ducks.

Why Were You On the Riverwalk?

One of the things I love most about walking on the paved pathway that follows the Penobscot River in Brewer is the prevalence of ducks. They're so cute and I really enjoy taking pictures of them. But I wasn't thinking about ducks the other day when my friend Dorian asked if I wanted to go for a walk. My focus was on the things I had to do when I got back to work since my day wasn't over. That is until she produced what was left of a bag of Cheerios and suggested we pause on our walk to feed the ducks.

Were There a Lot of Ducks?

I found myself almost rushing through the first part of our waterfront stroll, in anticipation of seeing the ducks. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. You don't always see a lot of ducks but, on this particular day, a good number of them were swimming around the boat landing. Dorian and I made our way down the steps and were mostly ignored by the paddling birds until she crinkled the Cheerios bag. Suddenly, they were very interested.

Cindy Campbell, Townsquaremedia Bangor
Cindy Campbell, Townsquare media Bangor

It wasn't as easy as we thought it would be, however. There was a strong wind that day and we were throwing cereal right into it. Some of the pieces landed in the water but some were blown back onto the shore. The ducks didn't mind, though, and walked (waddled?) practically up to our feet to retrieve their snacks. While in the water, we saw many flip over, with their tail feathers in the air, diving for the cereal before it sank. It was like a feeding frenzy for ducks. The above picture shows only a few of the ducks that were enjoying the cereal. But the video shows the excitement caused when you toss the birds some food.

Will You Go Back Again?

Stretching my legs and enjoying the beauty of the Brewer Riverwalk did wonders for my mood, in the middle of my work day. And, obviously, the health benefits of a brisk walk are worth taking the time to go. But next time Dorian and I decide to walk in Brewer, it will be our new feathered friends that I'll look forward to most. I think I have some stale Cheerios in my pantry....but not for long.

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