'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 today walking around Rainham Marshes reserve. Bird song was everywhere, there were Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Whitethroats, Reed & Sedge Warbler and even a Garden Warbler add all these along with Cuckoo to our resident Dunnocks, Wrens, Robins and blackbird and it felt like I was in musical heaven. I honestly sat in the cordite and listened and really didn't want to move on.
Came across this male Wheatear who seemed to be enjoying himself sat, well almost lying in the sun.
Along the northern boardwalk Reed Bunting and Bearded Tits showed fleetingly.
Some species were already feeding young!
Four Marsh Frogs enjoying the sun
And I believe this is one of a number of Rudd feeding just below the surface, please let me know if it isn't!