'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.
Well perhaps not walk, more pose, one of the pair of Egyptian Geese now has four goslings, and they have the arghhhhh factor!
Egyptian Goose goslings
The parents are extremely protective of their brood and rightly so, lets hope they make it, the first few days are possibly the most critical, they have lost one already as five were hatched.
Sunday I spent 5 hours at The Chase, I counted 13 singing Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warblers and 7 Blackcap, Spring has arrived, hooray!
Also had 4 Common Terns fly over the slack, and less than ten minutes later a Peregrine Falcon. The Peregrine made two attempts to catch first a Lapwing, which was missed by inches and then a Moorhen which seemed to dive under the water to avoid capture. An awesome sight, the Peregrine which looked quite large and I assume female, was seen off eventually by a Herring Gull ably supported by the Lapwings, magical!