Mr and Mrs Starling, of Puketaha, are doing their best to start a family – in the school letter box.
“They’re very determined,” says secretary Christine Jeffery who discovered a build-up of dry grass and weeds when clearing the mail recently.
For the first few days she cleared the debris away and then was away three days – “When I returned it was too late, they’d built a proper nest.”
Giving in to nature, she was pleased to see two eggs appear. Then disaster – over the weekend someone cleared out the letterbox, nest, eggs and all.
But the birds came back, just as determined as ever and built nest number 2.
This time a notice has been placed on the school letterbox and caretaker Roy Christoffenson has made a temporary letterbox for the school’s mail.
Christine is keeping an eagle-eye on her charges. “We’re so rapt to see them having another go.”
All the best, Mr and Mrs S.