BINOCULARS were at the ready across Teesside as care home residents took part in the RPSB Big Garden Bird Watch.
Elderly residents at Hill Care homes in Stockton and Middlesbrough took stock of local bird life as part of the national survey.
Among those was 91-year-old John Walker, a resident at Mandale House Care Home, in Thornaby.
John is a former member of the RSPB in Witton Le Wear, Bishop Auckland, and was a volunteer warden at Monsmere Bird Sanctuary in Suffolk in the 1970s.
He has a scar above his right eye from a bird that pecked him on a previous bird watch with friends – but this has not hindered his enthusiasm.
“My eyesight is not what it used to be, unfortunately, so I wasn’t able to watch for the birds myself,” John said.
“But I took great pleasure in talking with the other residents, the visiting school children and their teachers about the birds and listening to them sing when they visited the garden.”
Pupils from two Thornaby primary schools, Mandale Mill and Harewood, helped residents to create bird feeders to attract birds to the garden for the nation-wide RSPB event.
Christine Reason, home manager at Mandale House Care Home, said: “Our residents really enjoyed taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.
“We’ve had great community support from the local primary schools to prepare for the weekend. Everyone was raring to go and start taking note of the birds visiting our garden.”
Alongside Mandale House, other care homes participating in the bird watching activities included: