'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.
Vange Marsh 1 grasshopper warbler ('reeling' on the former county tip, a second bird was also reported on the reserve during the morning 'reeling' near the eastern green gate) 2 Cetti's Warbler 1 Cuckoo 1 Peregrine
The weather could not have been better as the gates to the reserve were opened to the public for the first time. A beautiful warm sunny day attracted a stream of visitors throughout the day. Birds seen during the day included a Wheatear along the seawall, three Yellow Wagtails catching insects disturbed by the cattle. Three Lesser Whitethroat sang from the hedgerows and a Mediterranean Gull bathing in front of the far hide. Across the reserve the song of skylarks delighted the many visitors.
Mediterranean gull, jet black head with bright red bill with black-headed gulls in the foreground