'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.
Central Park this morning and the daffodils were almost all in flower as were a few crocus. The sun was shining and after walking Coco around the park, the cars thermometer was reading 17c! That is just unreal for December 28th and to think there are still people that don't accept global warming!