Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 20:57:33 -0500
Dear Den Leader:
Perhaps three years ago, you had my nephew in your den. You had your den
make bird houses, using 6in x 6in squares of lumber nailed together to
form a diamond-shaped birdhouse. Remember those birdhouses?
PLEASE accept my **deepest** apologies for all the hard names I've called
you about those birdhouses' lack of access.
Well, my nephew proudly presented his grandmother his birdhouse as a
present, but the regulations where she lived didn't let her hang it.
When she moved into another locality, she still couldn't hang it so she
gave it to me for our back-yard. Frankly, I wasn't sure I wanted to hang
it out either, because there was no way to clean out an old next.
However, I hooked it over a tree limb, to get it off the patio while I
was cleaning, and forgot about it, until one day I saw a pair of birds
happily building a nest inside.
The winter has been mild in the NCAC, and only VERY recently could I tell
for certain the thing was unoccupied. I brought it in and began the
laborious process of emptying it using a Z-shaped screwdriver. I spent
nearly 20 minutes, and thought I was finished, but happened to knock it
against the work bench and out fell some more twigs and dust. I spent
another 5 or 10 minutes on it. THEN I decided to see if I could pry a
side loose. *THAT'S* when I noticed the screws holding one side on.
If I may offer two suggestions for future models of this birdhouse? (1)
use more visible screws and (2) drill a 1/4-in hole just under the "door"
and use 3" of dowel for a perch. Those poor little finches nearly killed
themselves trying to fly into the "door" carrying a twig.
Again, sir, my apologies for thinking you were an idiot.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City