'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 most of today at RSPB Rainham Marshes, arrived at the small car park on the landfill at 07.45. An overcast start to the day with just a little bright redness in the sky to the east.
Looking east from small car park
Walking around to the serin mound I still had my wide angle lens on the camera, big mistake as the Siberian Chiffchaff showed well and calling for about a minute before disappearing. Wennington Marsh was relatively quiet with just one Marsh Harrier worth noting. Walking up and over the landfill site Skylarks were already up and singing and a few Meadow Pipits were also seen. On the reserve the reedbed feeders were busy and I sat a while and took a few snaps.
From the Ken Barret hide Raven was seen over the marsh and a Lapwing fed on an island in front of the hide.
Near the western end of the northern boardwalk I had some luck. There are two benches where you can view the Peregrine's favourite pylon and one was sat at the top. I set my scope on it and sat down to eat my sarnies, a couple passed by and stopped to look through my scope at the Peregrine. The lady asked if I had seen any harriers, I said yes there were two distant ones earlier, to which she said is that large bird one? I stood up to see a Bittern flying across the reed tops, what a stroke of luck, because if the couple hadn't passed by, I would have been sat eating my lunch and missed it!