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Bird Nests In Woman's Hair For 84 Days

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Bird Nests In Woman's Hair For 84 Days

A woman has revealed how a bird lived in her hair for three months after being abandoned by its flock.

In 2013, Hannah Bourne-Taylor and her boyfriend, Robin, moved from their home in London to start a new life in Ghana.

But unable to work due to her visa, the photographer says she turned to nature and began to 'learn the routines of local birds'.

Following a 'particularly bad thunderstorm' in 2018, Hannah formed an especially close bond with one little 'fledgling finch' after it lost its way.

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Writing about her incredible and pretty bizarre story in The Guardian, she said: "He was abandoned by his flock, his nest blown from the mango tree.

"His eyes were tightly shut and he was shuddering, too young to survive alone. I placed him in a cardboard box with tea towels, mimicking a nest, and stayed up all night, researching how to care for him.

A bird nested in Hannah's hair for almost three months. Credit: YouTube/Hannah Bourne-Taylor
A bird nested in Hannah's hair for almost three months. Credit: YouTube/Hannah Bourne-Taylor

"I spoke to an expert who said it would take 12 weeks to prepare him for the wild."

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So Hannah got to working caring for the little guy, feeding him termites and watching as he fell asleep in her hand.

She went on: "As far as he was concerned, I was his mother. For the next 84 days, the fledgling lived on me. We became inseparable.

"He would fly alongside me, or cling to me as I went from room to room in the house, while we walked the grasslands or when I drove. He'd rest in my hand.

"As he learned to fly, he'd make short flights from my hand, to my shoulder, to my head, then abseil down my waist-length hair to rest again.

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Hannah says she formed a tight bond with the lost finch. Credit: Hannah Bourne-Taylor
Hannah says she formed a tight bond with the lost finch. Credit: Hannah Bourne-Taylor

"Each day, he made little 'nests' in my hair, on the groove of my collarbone, which filled me with awe.

"He'd tuck himself under a curtain of hair and gather individual strands with his beak, sculpting them into a round of woven locks, resembling a small nest, then settling inside.

"He would allow it to unravel when he was done and start again the next day."

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Eventually, the finch's flock returned to the area, and after he had built up enough strength, Hannah decided that she felt it was time to let him spread his wings.

During a Christmas break in England, Hannah told Robin to let him go.

Upon returning, Hannah, who now lives in Oxfordshire, said: "I'd watch out for him when the finches flew past. Every now and then, one would hang back, on a branch, and stare at me. I still cry when I think of him.

"Raising him taught me how to live in the present and changed me for ever."

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Hannah has since written about her time in Ghana in her new book, 'Fledgling'.

Featured Image Credit: @WriterHannahBT/YouTube

Topics: Africa, Birds, Nature

Dominic Smithers
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