We have new house guests...In our mailbox.
Ever since we've lived here, our mailbox has had a rectangular hole where our name is supposed to be. Well, a finch decided it would be a good place to build a family, and uses the hole as her front door. We have been thrilled to have her.
At first, we just thought she (or he) was cold, and needed a place to stay (we obviously know nothing about the mating habits of birds). The nest was coming along fabulously...I even ripped up some scratch paper to help her with the building materials. Now, there are eleven tiny little eggs nestled in the middle of her perfect home. Occasionally, we will open the top and find her looking up at us. But it wasn't until yesterday that we actually saw that she was expecting.
So now, I'm faced with a dilemma. The mailbox opens from the top, and I'm terrified that the German postman will unknowingly drop junk mail in on top of her. Since we never actually receive anything important (we haven't gotten our phone bill in the three years we've lived here), I don't want some furniture store advertisement to destroy her happy little family. I've thought about taping the top closed and leaving a note for the postman. But I don't speak enough German to do this. And, is this super-tacky?
Can anyone help? Sarah? Vonn? CaliValleyGirl?
Here's kind of what I want to say:
There is a bird nest inside of this mailbox. Please do not leave any mail here (all the mail we depend on goes to a different address). Thank you, The McGuires.
I might be able to handle the last part on my own... :)
Also, for you non-German speaking people like me, I wouldn't mind some input. If you think this is totally stupid, tell me. I probably won't listen, but most of you know how I am about animals.
Also, I would post pictures, but my camera is at work. Naturally.
I wonder if I could convince Scout to keep one of the babies. Hee hee.