'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 couple of hours this morning on the causeways at Abberton Reservoir. West of Layer Breton causeway and reasonably close were five Smew including two drakes and a drake Goosander.
drake Goosander and Smew
East of Layer Breton were a few Goldeneye and two Egyptian Geese.
East of Layer de la Haye Causeway were 20+ Great Crested Grebes and eventually found a distant Black-necked and Slavonian Grebe. While two Marsh Harriers quartered scaring pretty much all the waterfowl.
Not a bad morning five year ticks and both scarce grebes, I went away happy until I was almost home and heard a Grey Phalarope had been found on the reserve Doh!