'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.
That should read, 'Red Kite Day' really. At 08.15 a Red Kite flew fairly low over Bardag Lake heading south. It was continually mobbed by gulls, with more continually joining the frey and successfully ensuring it continued on it's way, which was a shame! This was my first sighting of Red Kite at The Chase.....whooopee!
A good roving flock of tits, included at least 5 Chiffchaff with 20+ Long-tailed Tits in the majority.
One of at least 20 roving bumbarrels at The Chase this morning