There's been a bit of excitement round here over the last day or two: a roller has turned up in Hampshire. (That's the English Hampshire.)
No, not one of these:
or one of these:
Photo by Bulldozer D11
or even one of these:
Photo by Erik bij de Vaate
One of these:
Photo by Gouldingken
Rollers are quite unusual in England, so every bird-watcher who possibly can will be getting his skates on:
Photo by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
and hoping the roller is still there when he (or she, but it's generally a he) arrives.
In short, their journey, dodging through the Bank Holiday traffic and hoping not to get news that the bird has flown, is bound to be a bit of a roller coaster.
Photo by Chris Hagerman from New Port Richey Fl US
Ah well. If they miss it, there's always a good chance of seeing a pigeon. One like this:
is a roller, too, so-called because it does acrobatics as it flies.
And in Australia a roller is a man who packs sheep fleeces.
But I doubt it'll be the same.
Spot the frippet: roller. This word comes from the Old French roler, from the Latin rotulus, little wheel.