A family of small birds have given this Royal Mail post box their stamp of approval – by setting up home inside.
The bright red mailbox has been closed by post workers after the birds, believed to be Great or Blue tits, perched up about three weeks.
Dan Jennings, 57, took the snap and says the birds have nested in the post box every year since he moved to Dunmow in Essex six years ago.
The entrepreneur said: “I took the photo I went for a walk on Sunday because it’s a lovely area.
“The birds nest in there every year and as I was walking past I thought it make a really nice picture.
“You have to be really quiet because the birds get scared away very easily. Royal Mail put the notice up every year when the birds come back.
“We have loads of Blue and Great tits around here.”
Mr Jennings tweeted the photo with the caption: “Caring Essex”.
The photo was taken in the leafy and scenic village of north Essex.
A Royal Mail spokeswoman said birds take up residency in their postboxes from time to time, adding: “We would place a notice on the box requesting that customers do not use it so the nesting birds are not disturbed.”
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