'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.
Hoorah! The sun is out, I took opportunity of this rare occurrence to walk the dog along Canvey seafront. We walked from the coastguards lookout/cafe to the point. Yesterday 20+ Little Gulls had been present off the point, but no sign this morning. I counted seven Mediterranean Gulls during the walk.
We were two hours away from high tide, and there were numerous flocks of waders moving west as their feeding areas disappeared beneath the surf. Flocks included Redshank, Curlew, Turnstone, Dunlin and Grey Plover.
As well as the waders there were groups of Brent Geese also moving west. The Black-headed Gull below was feeding close to the seawall.