Several years ago we converted an old rural mailbox into a bird feeder. We had put it down on an old tree stump and put a few peanuts in it thinking the chipmunk would like it, but to our surprise the bluejays started going into it to get the peanut mail.
It should of been no surprise that the bluejays would source out the peanuts. So we mounted the old mailbox onto a post and set it up as a permanent feeder station.
Here is the bluejay swooping into the mailbox. I love this photo as it shows the wings in flight.
And ready to take off with its peanut mail. This feeder attracts bluejays in all seasons.
They will even wait their turn to pick up the mail.
Checking to see if there is any peanut mail left.
It is worth the wait.
The mailbox feeder was in this location for several years and became a very busy spot for the bluejays and then the squirrels discovered it. I’m not sure we could ever stop the squirrel from snacking in the mailbox feeder.
As usually happens we decide to change things around. In the spring of 2019 we edged the windmill garden where the mailbox feeder was and it was in the way of the edging. So it got moved to a new location by the shed. A new taller post was added and sunk into the ground. It didn’t take the bluejays long to find the new location and I’m sure the squirrels will be finding it soon. Right now the squirrels are busy eating all the black walnut nuts they can find so they are leaving the peanuts alone.
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