Ducks in Moscow treats the life of ducks in Moscow. The journey of the guys we are traveling with, starts in the United States. There is no need to introduce them here in the first blog – they will be described in due course.
So, why are they moving in the first place?
This is subject to research. Actually, at the MIT there is a group of PhDs which tries to explain this migration behavior. The result of the research will be nonsense, because it occurs to nobody to ask the ducks themselves. Most likely they would explain in detail that (a) ducks move every three to four years longer distances, (b) there is no pattern of their destinations whatsoever, and (c) nobody has a clue what drives that behavior.
Why don’t they stay at a place which they like?
Bad question – never ask that!
The group this blog is about, starts its journey in Upstate New York – in Guilderland to be more specific. For everybody who has never been in that area: You have to go! The landscape is marvelous, the people are nice, and shopping is much cheaper than in New York City. – That city is only 2.5 hours away from Guilderland, and to travel from one place to the other, you should take a train. The tracks are most of the time directly next to the Hudson river.
This river is a giant bath tub for ducks, mergansers, geese, herons, and other friends. Of course there are also some bullies. In this case they are the White Headed Bold Eagles. Highest headcount on a one way trip was eleven. However, most humans who live close to the river have never seen an eagle. Most likely they would not even recognize one, if he was sitting right next to them in a bar with a beer.
Don’t drink American beer if you can avoid it.
Most eagles are sitting on trees at locations where no ducks are. They cannot stand the teasing of ducks. Eagles can only survive, because ducks have suicidal tendencies, and every now and then one decides that life is pretty nice, but in essence not an alternative. Since ducks have no hands to strangle themselves, they use eagles.