Liverpool painting No. 58. May I Start, May I Finish. Waterloo Road.
A little different to the paintings of Liverpool streets, but I came across this scene on a recent walk around the docks. Looking out over the wasteland of Trafalgar Dock towards Birkenhead, I noticed the birds going about their business behind the wire. Right in the town centre dock area I came across flocks of Canada Geese grazing the scrub, I could have been anywhere except the city centre. Apparently the feral Canada goose is on the increase in Britain, (I didn't realise wild animals could be termed feral, but there you go).
By the early 20th century, over-hunting and loss of habitat in the late 1800s and early 1900s had resulted in a serious decline in the numbers of this bird in its native range. With improved game laws and habitat recreation and preservation programs, their populations have recovered in most of their range.
In recent years, Canada Geese populations in some areas have grown substantially, so much so that many consider them pests (for their droppings, the bacteria in their droppings, noise and confrontational behavior). This problem is partially due to the removal of natural predators and an abundance of safe, man-made bodies of water (such as on golf courses, public parks and beaches, and in planned communities).
Contrary to its normal migration routine, large flocks of Canada Geese have established permanent residence. Some flocks in Canada may even choose not to migrate, even during the winter, if food (such as leftovers from human) is constantly available throughout the season.