Panoramic Views from the White Railings
Image 1: Budle Bay ©JJD
A wide array of bird life can be seen at all stages of the tide as it ebbs and flows from this vantage point. Binoculars or better still a telescope will enable good views of birds that make use of this precious ecological resource.
Image 2: Enthusiasts watching birds on the mudflats of Budle Bay during one of the organised ‘Migratory Bird Watch’ events ©Natural England/Annie Ivison
The best time to see birds here is throughout the autumn and winter months, when resident birds are joined by migrant geese, swans, ducks and waders, sometimes in huge numbers.
|Image 3: A Mute swan on the waters of the reserve ©JJD|
|Image 4: A Curlew wading the mud ©JJD|
|Image 5: Light-bellied Brent geese from the Svalbard population feeding on seagrasses that are abundant across the mudflats at Fenham and Budle Bay ©JJD|
Being adjacent to the North Sea coast, hard weather on continental Europe can result in even greater numbers of avian visitors
Birds to look out for are Shovellers and Pintail, among flocks of Wigeon, Teal and Mallard.
At high tide, Glavonian and Red-throated Diver are frequently spotted, fishing the deeper river channels.
Blog written by an NNR volunteer
Birds at Budle Bay should be observed from behind the railings, ideally on a rising tide, which will draw the birds closer to the observer.
Plans are underway to build a new viewing platform at Budle Bay, this will provide an excellent space for viewing birds without disturbing them...watch this space!