Following a break of several years and requests from members to try a coach trip again, a full coach of 32 members went to RSPB Saltholme, just north of Middlesbrough on the 29th April. The weather was not too good and if you were in a hide facing the wind it could be very cold. However, members persevered and just under 50 different species were seen on the day.
The facilities on the site were very impressive. There was a large visitors centre, which included a cafe with excellent facilities. One of the newer hides was very well designed with different forms of seating arrangements in it.
Amongst the birds seen by some or all of the members were avocets, little-ringed plover, sand martins, swifts, black swan, curlew, oystercatcher, wheatear, skylark, black-tailed godwit, and kestrel. The star bird was a rare sighting of a grasshopper warbler. The most unusual bird was an American visitor, the ring-necked duck. Another coach trip is now being planned and will be discussed at the AGM meeting on the 9th May.