'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.
A beautiful bright sunny walk around the west end of Rainham Marshes. The stone barges held a high tide roost of mainly Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks. A Raven was first heard cronking away as it flew over the landfill site while a Common Sandpiper flew by heading east close to the foreshore. Further on the first-winter Brent Goose showed distantly in Aveley Bay.