The Corn Bunting, though it has much declined in recent years, has been such a familiar bird that it has accumulated a host of local names. Perhaps the most colourful is the Orkney name skitter-broltie, which translates as one who defecates on braithes, which are the cross ropes over a corn stack, apparently. This archetypal bunting is also the original bird to bear that name, which has its origins since before 1300AD (perhaps even pre1200ad). Bunting probably derives from buntin meaning plump, as in Bye, Baby Bunting. One Yorkshire name for the bird is Corn Blob! There is also a theory of its origin coming through the German bunt meaning speckled. According to Birds Britannica, Shetland (where the bird no longer lives) had a wide range of names for the bird, including docken sparrow, docken fool, trussy laverock, shurl, titheree, cornbill, corn-tief and, perhaps most bizarrely, song thrush… The Corn part of the Corn Bunting’s name, of course, applies to its long association with arable farms. It is still found most frequently on open farmland, though, now in much reduced numbers.