'Bumbarrel' is an old name for the Long-tailed Tit, everyone's favourite garden bird. And the reason they're called that is for the shape of their nest. It's almost spherical, with a little hole at the front, and made from a special weave of moss, lichen, spiders' webs and feathers.
I note with concern that there is ample evidence that birds
from Romania and Bulgaria are already visiting our fair shores. Bird ringing
recoveries demonstrate, beyond any doubt, that poor birds flood in to Britain
from Eastern Europe in search of an easier life. These ecological migrants, as
we should call them, are even now, mixing with our own British birds with no
Ducks are some of the worst culprits, with Bulgarian or
Romanian Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard and Tufted Duck all
potentially sitting on a lake near you at this very moment. Something
should be done about it.
Lapwings, Black-headed Gulls, and even Starlings visiting
your garden, may also reach us at this time of year from these distant, and I
think rather sinister, Balkan haunts.
These birds may look identical to us, and have similar
needs, urges and feelings, and they may mix unnoticed in our avian community
(some misguided and ill-educated folk may regard them as just the same as us),
but they are foreign and obviously represent an insidious threat to our British
way of life.
Surely it is time that Theresa May reinforced our border
Colonel Lagopus l. scotica This piece was shamelessly plagarised ftom HERE