Spare a thought for the birds
I write in response to ‘‘Thriving again or declining species?’’ (October 29).
It was a well-presented, reasoned article, apart from this sentence: ‘‘It is crucial that the gull is properly identified before taking any potentially lethal measure.’’
This is a worrying statement because only landowners troubled by roosting birds may legally decide on measures to be taken.
Unhappily, there are always some in the community who will readily reach for a gun or cudgel.
There is much misinformation spread about our waterfowl.
Blackbacked gulls have been depicted as ‘‘hordes’’ flying over Porirua, dropping bones and condoms over the CBD.
The Canada geese have been called pests who foul and damage the harbour inlet.
I am wondering which waterfowl will be the next to be vilified, even though they are not responsible for the polluting organisms in our soils.
I appeal to the many families I observe walking the wellmaintained pathways of the inlet and enjoying its tranquility on a Sunday afternoons to register their wish for the proposed cull of Canada geese in January, when the birds are in moult and unable to fly, to be abandoned.