OUR Song Sparrow is busy building a nest right outside our office window - in exact same spot as last year. With respect to their level of planning and thought processes, this bird picked up a thin twig approximately in the middle and 'hit' it to the ground. When it broke in two, s/he discarded it. This happened three times until one meet the tensile strength test which then went into the nest. Brillant creatures!! I noticed a burst of bird song this morning. The flora wasn't the only 'thing' happy about the rain. Ruth Charlie & Ruth Stewart E. Dorset, Vermont U.S.A.