But what started this train of thought was a chance sighting of a sparrow dragging building materials into the doorway of what I call a "canary condo"- you know those multiplex bird apartment houses for a certain type of bird that is very social (don't recall the name, but I'm sure someone will post to me about it... ). We have a decrepit one on a low, leaning (listing, even) post in our backyard. I have never seen a bird near it, let alone considering living in it, so I was a bit amazed and questioned the sparrow's decision. I was thinking we should have pulled the birdhouse complex down, because it's mostly rotted, but apparently there is a butt for every chair and a brave bird for every condemned property. heehee I like the sparrow's gumption. I am all about taking discards and making them into something functional or beautiful once again. And isn't that how a bird operates every day when it build a nest?