A mum-of-two has forged a festive friendship with a ROBIN that waits for her every day and even eats out of her hand.
Vicky Webb, 48, goes for a walk with her dog each morning and is joined by the same red-breasted bird at her local nature reserve.
The tame creature then swoops down and sits there eating its breakfast for minutes at a time in scenes reminiscent of a Disney film.
Adorable pictures and video footage show Vicky with her feathered friend pecking away at bird feed from her hand at Attenborough Nature Reserve, Notts.
Swimming instructor Vicky said she she first noticed the wild robin following her during walks with her pet pooch early in the year.
Vicky, from Chilwell, Notts., said: “During one walk I noticed this robin sat up in his tree where I’d seen him for a few days.
“I started whistling to him and he started to chirp back, like he was talking to me.
“The next day I took some bird seed and amazingly he swooped down and sat there on my palm pecking away at the feed.
“It was amazing, it was like something from Snow White. He was so close to my face, I could not believe me eyes.
“Then each day I’ve been doing the same and he is there, sitting up the same tree every day appearing to wait for me to arrive.
“It really is a lovely experience and we’ve developed a bond ever since.
“I know its the same one as he has a really distinctive flat head. He seems to like me as he hasn’t flown to anyone else who has tried.
“It’s quite a special way to start the day. He sits there for minutes on end just tucking into his breakfast completely unfazed.
“Now I don’t even have to whistle, he is waiting there for me each morning and flies down as soon as I get there.
“It’s really a beautiful experience – especially so close to Christmas as it makes you feel very festive.”
Vicky heads out with Missey, a German Shepherd, with bird feed at around 9am.
Amazingly, she has even forged a bond with a crow at nearby Trent Meadows, which is also on her daily route.
She added: “I take food there too, I whistle it when I get to the park area and it flies up and feeds.
“My friends call me the bird woman and because everyone’s been calling me that I purchased a budgie last year. She’s called Kitty.
“But I can’t get Kitty to eat off my hand at all.
“Yet I can walk to a nature reserve and a robin will come and eat off my hand.”
Husband, Chris, a 54-year-old garage service manager, said he always suspected there was something unusual about his wife.
He described her as “bubbly” and “outgoing” and added: “We were watching Home Alone 2 recently and when that bird woman came on me and my son both said: ‘That’s mum.'”