'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.
Went along to Chigborough Lakes this morning, in the hope that the female Ring-necked Duck found by Simon Wood yesterday, would still be present. It was, hurrah, it was associating with a few pairs of Tufted Duck and never allowed a close approach. A scarce visitor to the UK, The first record was in 1955 in Gloucestershire, since the mid-seventies it has occurred annually and now averages around twenty individuals a year. It breeds in North America and winters in south to south central America. This was my first sighting in Essex. The images below are heavily cropped.