A Royal Mail postbox has been occupied by a family of squatters in a quiet corner of Norfolk. Not unusual these days with a housing shortage one may suggest. However, it is unusual that a family of birds have chosen such a place to raise their babies.
The online site Pretty 52 reports that this unusual post box is located on Low Road between Pentney and Narborough in Norfolk. A sign has been affixed to the front warning members of the public not to put their letters inside for fear of harming or disturbing the chicks. The sign reads, ‘Birds nesting - please do not post,’ is written in capital letters and stuck on with red tape to match the colour of the postbox.
The Royal Mail commented that it is becoming more frequent for birds to nest inside post boxes during spring. If there is a problem with a spring letterbox the postal delivery service will always request their customers to use other boxes to ensure the birds are kept safe.
"We check the box regularly and once the birds have left the nest, the box is thoroughly cleaned and then reopened for customers to use…In the meantime, we advise customers to use other postboxes nearby or they can drop mail off at any Post Office branch in the area."
"They will be coming back every year now!" remarked one person, while another added: "Lovely thing to do."
Hannah Watfa, who took the photo, said she was, "really pleased they've closed the box; it's so cute! There are lots more nearby to use and it's lovely that the birds have found a safe space to nest."
Wouldn’t it be fascinating to see what goes on inside this unusual postbox when the eggs hatch and birds are fed and raised?
I understand that each male and female is responsible for certain jobs as they raise their babies. The female builds the nest, though the male helps brings her some of the materials. He continues to sing as she lays the eggs and incubates them. When the babies hatch, both the parents get busy feeding them.
Modern webcams can now be fitted inside actual nesting boxes, which makes fascinating viewing for the budding ornithologist. Look at this camera footage of Great Tits feeding their seven young, also in Norfolk:
Bird Box Camera with nesting Great Tits and seven eggs
April 2019:- Bird Box Camera monitoring the progress of a a pair of Great Tits rearing a clutch of seven eggs.
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