'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 the day on the marshes, started off foggy, could hardly see Kent across the river. It lifted before midday and became warm and sunny. Never added any new species for the year but had a great day. Highlights were a weasel on the seawall that showed brilliantly on the seawall until it realised I was stood beside it, and of course my camera was still in the bag, amateurish mistake! Jim on the family pond-dipping activity had a Great Silver Diving Beetle an impressively large beastie, I did take some pictures but wasn't happy with them, so they got binned. The Spoonbill had moved from the target pools to in front of Butts Hide but remained distant, a single Little Ringed Plover also showed from Butts Hide. A Sedge Warbler was singing and showing well at times along the southern boardwalk and just a single Swallow was seen today.