BIRDING care home residents took a trip to the Saltholme Nature Reserve to observe the wetlands’ native species.
Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool, took residents to the RSPB backed reserve near the North East coast.
Waders and wildfowl species gather in their thousands during the winter months, occasionally being spooked into flight by predators such as the peregrine falcon.
Large flocks of starlings also frequently perform murmurations as they drop into the reeds – providing a spectacular show for visitors.
Pauline Buttery, a resident at Queens Meadow Care Home, on Stockton Road, said: “It was a nice, relaxing place to visit. It was very enjoyable seeing all the birds.”
Debbie Wilkes, activities coordinator, said: “The residents enjoyed the time they spent at the reserve, watching the birds.
“They were also treated to a delicious, freshly prepared lunch in the nature reserve’s lovely café. Next time, we’ll visit during summer and have a picnic.”