'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.
Made my first visit to Shut Heath Wood this morning. Arrived just after 7 am, two Siskins were feeding near the entrance, both Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker were soon heard as was a Tawny Owl. All three were also seen during my visit. After one sweep of the wood I decided to have a rest on the bench, almost immediately a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker called. The Lesser Spot showed well a female, feeding in the trees near the bench. Unfortunately it was never really close enough to photograph well, the image below is heavily cropped.
Moving on to Abberton Reservoir soon after 9 am, I spent the first hour searching for the Firecrest, again with no luck. Back in the car park, both Meadow Pipits and Skylarks showed well. In hide bay two Black-necked Grebes showed well through the telescope, both were showing some signs of breeding plumage.
From Layer Breton causeway a coot showed well, while two Marsh Harriers and a Peregrine were seen distantly.
On the way home a number of Red-legged Partridges showed well in the village of Birch.