Robin Swoops in on a devoted pensioner every morning to eat from its mouth
A pensioner has become a ROBIN WHISPERER – after spending hours talking to the birds in his garden and can now feed them from his mouth.
Terry Taylor, 73, a retired cabinet maker from Waltham Abbey, Essex, accidentally took feeding the birds to a whole new level.
After losing his wife in 2005, Terry has found comfort in feeding robins but was left stunned when one first pinched a worm from between his lips.
Since the Summer, Terry has been hand-feeding a pair of Robins he recognised as mother and baby – and named them Susie and Monty.
Terry said: “They get me out everyday which I need because I’m on my own the rest of the time.
“Everyday at about the same time I give them a little bit to eat, I start off with Susie, holding the camera in one hand and the food in the other.
“I put a worm in my mouth just to hold as my hands were full tightening the meal-worm jar, and as soon as you like, Monty flew in and took it from my mouth.
Over the last four years feeding Robins, Terry has seen them come and go but none have got as close and personal as little Monty.
Since the summer Terry has been caring for robins, Susie and her outcast son, Monty who was forced to fly the nest and is still finding his feet alone.
“Earlier on in the year I was trying to get Susie to take food from me but she was a bit shy. While that was happening a very young one came down and she started feeding him.
“After a while when Monty started to get older they get kicked out of the territory, Susie cast him away he was old enough to fend for himself.
“I was getting quite fed up of feeding Susie she wouldn’t take food from my hand until I don’t look at her.
“The feeling was amazing when she took it from my hand and from then on she came up everyday.
“Then I went looking for Monty. I had a feeling I knew where he was, he came straight to me and started taking meal-worms from me.
“From then on he took it from my mouth and hand. The male robin is much more bold and brave than the female.
“The look on kids faces on their way to school is priceless, sometimes they sit down and watch me feed them, now everybody knows me in the town as the bird man.
“My hands were full, it really is amazing the sad part is they don’t stay around forever and I’ve had to say goodbye to a couple.
“I go everyday without fail to a park five minutes from me to feed them.”