Another walk in the park

If you ignore the goose poo covering the pavement and dog poo that visitors don’t clear up (and some residents too I might add), walking in the local park is a pleasure.
This is our second Summer here, and already we have noticed a difference from last year.

Talking to one of the locals, apparently it was originally designated to be a picnic area, but with the geese in large numbers and cutbacks not permitting clean up duty every day (or at least once a week) that idea was shelved, though there are picnic tables on one side adjacent to the site of the chippy.
As we chatted, we got the impression he is not really a nature lover and finds the geese intrusive and a pain. By all accounts, numbers have increased again and it doesn’t help when people feed the ducks as the geese muscle in (quickly hides empty seed bag in pocket).
I’ve already commented that the number of gosling broods is only a fraction of what they were last year, and we have just recently seen a second group of four, making 10 young in all to date.
The ducks are still going strong, one pair having 20 babies, and little feet are flying over the surface of the water all over the place to keep up with the adults.
Last year, the goslings came first, and we have now had some light thrown on why they are so late and so few.
It would appear that nests were raided of eggs to keep numbers down, which to be honest, we found heartbreaking, but I suppose better than the alternative of a massive cull.
The island in the centre of the lake was never intended as a nesting site, and to deter geese, a fence was put round it (duh…….. they can fly over the top).
The next plan was to put up an electric sheep fence (three strands), but this didn’t stop them either. Now it is a haven for waterfowl and left alone………… well, sort of.

There are so few places in a town that are free to enjoy the wonders of Nature.
Crows, herring gulls and birds of prey pick off the tiny ducklings on a regular basis. We have seen evidence of either a cat or fox taking young birds and leaving their corpses to rot in the sun. We have seen foxes numerous times in our road on our evening walks so are careful not to leave our bins accessible, and of course we had Ratilda so the bird feeder was dismantled as we don’t want rats in the garden.

On another note, the badger sett down the road seems to still be active, though last year they blocked off the gate entrance to the grounds in the hope of keeping them contained following complaints about damage to gardens.

I love Nature, cruel as She can be but sometimes Human interference appears crueler.

Photos are mine taken last year (2018)

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Another walk in the park

  1. Sadje says:

    It does seem cruel to cull the bird population but they have to maintain a balance which is the job of nature, but since we interfere, it falls to humans.

  2. I get so frustrated locally. We have a huge park system with all the assorted critters. People think every critter is “dirty.” Well, people are dirtier. Never saw a goose leave empty wrappers from the local fast food joint in the park! Anyhow, many years back they did a nest raid to cull. I don’t know what they are doing to keep the large lake waterfowl population low but they are definitely doing something as there are never more than maybe 20 ducks/geese swimming. There is a $500 fine if you are caught feeding anything but your kids. When I was young, I can remember moms bringing their kids with some corn to throw out for them. The kids loved it. People are nuts.

    • We used to feed the ducks as kids. I loved it. Hubby and I discovered a few years ago that you shouldn’t give ducks or swans white bread. We have brown here anyway, but take up a bag of bird seed for the ducks, though obviously the geese come calling too.
      I agree with you about the litter, and the amount of dog poo here is horrendous.

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    Nature does a much better job of it than we do. We’re failing miserably at taking care of the planet and each other. Maybe we should concentrate on doing a better job of that.

  4. colinandray says:

    Geese apparently love the security/visibility offered by open spaces. Canada Geese are being deterred here now by planting trees in open areas.

    • I can understand that as they are very protective and aware when there are young about.
      Weird though isn’t it. Here they’re cutting trees down and destroying miles of natural habitat for wildlife.

      • colinandray says:

        Very sad when trees are cut down. I cannot say that here (Oakville) is typical of Canada but it, and the neighboring towns, are in an aggressive tree planting mode now. New construction projects come with the proviso that trees be planted, and even simple removal of a single tree is not allowed unless a new one is planted in the vicinity. There’s hope for a green future, but a lot more needs to be done, especially as agricultural land is being developed into residential areas.

      • I was fascinated by the timber industry in NZ and seeing areas in various stages of growth and recovery. We understood trees would be replaced in the plantation where we used to go before we bought the boat, but having been back, it hasn’t happened, just been left to overgrow.

      • colinandray says:

        It’s a shame. Our planet (and our species!) really does need the trees! πŸ™‚

      • I’m with you there Colin.

  5. Kim says:

    How exciting to have a badger sett near you. That’s one thing we don’t have here in NZ (and squirrels).

    • It was quite a surprise to see one running along the pavement opposite our house shortly after we moved in. Although the sett is in the next road, we have seen several here. Wonderful!

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