An interesting article in today’s Telegraph about the cuckoo. The bird is not native to this country it originates in Africa and flies here in the spring and returns to the African continent for most of the year.
As the missus and I were having our elevenses she said “I wonder why the cuckoo flies from Africa to here just to lay it’s eggs, what is so special about the British Isles”. This set me thinking in my normal warped way.
Now let’s look at this from a human perspective.
The bird does not live here and is an immigrant.
It comes here and finds a ready FREE nest to lay it’s eggs in; resulting in the native bird population to raise the cuckoos brood.
The bird gets free food while it is here.
The cuckoo’s only contribution to the economy of the bird population is that it is very vociferous and you can hear its cuckoo for miles as it rants about something or other.
The nestling destroys the native bird chicks and takes everything free from its host.
My how humans from other countries have copied that model here in the UK.
See we can learn from nature.