The Say’s phoebe is a medium sized flycatcher that nests all over the Western United States. As you can see it is not encumbered by man-made structures. It adapts well to cities, and will even nest on fences and buildings when other suitable nests are not found.
It has the distinction of nesting farther North than any other flycatcher. In recent years it has been expanding even farther North. The species discovered the Alaska pipeline and has used it for nesting sites allowing it to expand its range further north, well past the place where trees stop growing.
The Say’s Phoebe is taking advantage of an opportunity which other birds might well have seen as a hindrance. By doing so, they get to take advantage of the massive hatch of bugs that occurs in the arctic tundra. They will probably be limited to one brood because of the shorter season, but Say’s phoebe is not noted for having multiple broods anyway.
Seeing and taking advantage of opportunities is one of the best uses of insight we humans can have as well. Nevertheless it is difficult to spot opportunities as they go by. It takes a person who is not prone to be fearful of new situations. It takes a willingness to embrace risk.
But how much easier would it be if we had someone to show us exactly what opportunities were made for us. This is exactly what believers have in the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:10 (HCSB) says “Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” This is the opening sentence of a paragraph discussing the work of the Spirit as it guides Christians.