'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.
The Chase I've not been there for quite some months, probably should have worn wellies as it is pretty muddy in places. I was hoping to see Bullfinch a bird that is not at all easy to see locally these days. It was obvious that quite a bit of habitat improvement had been undertaken and there was a new fence on Crowfoot Marsh, all great news.
Great Spotted Woodpecker spotted distantly near the slack
I did manage briefly to see a single male Bullfinch, but as soon as it spotted me it was gone showing me its white arse as it went. Although I walked the length of the river I couldn't find a Kingfisher or Grey Wagtail. But, I did spot a fairly high flying Buzzard passing overhead.
I then popped down to the seawall at Rainham around 3:30pm in the hope that the Short-eared Owl may show. Of course it didn't but these two Shelducks flew over.