'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.
Spent a few hours at The Chase today, lots of Chiffhaffs singing and 1 Blackcap was my first this year. Lapwings having begun chasing the corvids if they get too close, a sure sign spring is beginning.
The two Egyptian Geese are still present, apparently they had an early gosling about a month ago, but no sign of it today!