'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.
This afternoon I dashed across to West Canvey Marsh, for the superbly found adult Glaucous Gull. The white winger was showing well opposite the road hide. Note I said 'was', it had cleared off by the time I got there. Still I sat for two plus hours in a biting north-easterly and most of the time a snow blizzard, such joy! You can see a couple of images of the Glaucous Gull HERE
This Little Egret stopped briefly in front of the hide and warmed me slightly.