Canada Geese in Sefton Park

6 thoughts on “Canada Geese in Sefton Park”

  1. We were so lucky this year as to have a pair of swans move into the large pond/very small lake behind a local housing estate. It felt like a huge privilege to witness the nest-bulding, the incubating, and the resulting six fluffy cygnets, all of which continue to flourish. Not long back, Mum and Dad took the family on a day trip to the forecourt of the Tesco garage – about 200m from the pond – and all business was suspended till they’d all been safely ushered home. It’s like we’re all so grateful and honoured that they picked our little pond. Truly uplifting.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your article! I make a point to read as much as I can about Canada Geese – the good, the bad and the ugly. Your article was refreshing because it offered a global perspective, and unlike many articles lately you shared a respect for these inspiring, loyal creatures.

    I am American and when last I was in London, I was astonished to hear the familiar honk and then see a pair of Canada Geese! (It was March. There were only two Canada Geese, and we were in St. James Park.) Now, thanks to you, I know the history of how the Canada Geese came to be there!

    1. Thanks for your comments, Laura. I just don’t understand this attitude that singles out certain animals as nuisances or immigrants (or, often, both). Your report of the geese carcasses being fed to the homeless undermines the suggestion in my post (stumbled across in reading about Canada geese) that they are the most inedible of birds (or, maybe not; maybe it’s a subtle form of punishment for being homeless). It also has a ring of a film from a few decades back, Soylent Green. Your photos are suberb – excellent collection!

  3. I am particularly heart broken about the “culls” going on here in the USA. (“Culls,” being a polite word for holocaust. At each “cull,” hundreds of geese, including goslings, are rounded up. This is done in June-July during molting season, when the birds are flightless. Ironic that these gentle creatures are called vicious, aggressive, nuisances and “winged thugs!” Ironic because they Geese willingly walk into the makeshift pens – for their deaths. Speaking of irony, here is America, the humans mitigate the murder by using the Geese bodies to… (are you ready?) feed the homeless!

  4. Like you, I had the good fortune of sharing the last 5 months (April-Aug) with three pairs of Canada Geese across the street from my home in southeast Virginia, USA. All three pairs had goslings. The first had 7, a few days later the second pair had 6 and about a week later, my favorite pair has one – an only child! I sat with the 20 geese day and night – before and after work. I have hundreds of photos and lots of fields notes and hope to someday utilize these for a book or an article, like yourself. Thanks again for your write-up and photos!

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