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The bird's the word

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Callado Road in Rancho Bernardo lives up to its name. It's a quiet place, where a man is free to work on his latest bird brain idea.

Terry Constible enjoys building birdhouses and his yard is living proof that this is no fly-by-night hobby.

"The first one I built just for myself on the existing pole over there. Then I started building them and putting them on the house and people started coming by saying, 'You sell them?'" he said.

Now the retired Navy man's hobby has taken flight, and he's become the birdman of RB.

"I didn't really have any skills. You can tell by some of the first ones I built from just learning as I go," he said.

Out of his nest, Terry has crafted over one hundred and along the way, each has become more detailed, a bit more elaborate.

"Farm scenes, log cabins, bait shops, almost anything goes, anything," he said.

The birdman's flights of fantasy are perched all over the neighborhood. So with all this affordable housing at his santuary, does Terry have a bird problem? Just a little one -- a hummingbird.

"He built a nest, right on top of this chime," he said.

So the only real bird living in his front yard now, with all of the birdhouses around, is sitting in his wind chimes.

There's a moral to this egg-laying tale and that is, you can build a better birdhouse and the world may beat a path to your door. But one of your fine-feathered friends may still end up giving you the bird.

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