So far it's spiders 2, birds 0. Maybe someday I'll get a decent tele shot. Until then, you'll have to suffer through pictures of the spiders in my basement.
This one was taken in near pitch darkness (with the flash, of course). I like to surf in the dark. I only saw him from the glow of the CRT. Don't ask me how I focused. I'm not really sure myself. This guy was tiny. He's sitting on the edge of a steel I beam. I'd guess the edge is maybe 3/8 inch thick?
Most of my shots came out pretty lousy due to bad focus. This one isn't that great, but it's the best of the ones where he's "hanging by a thread."
In case anyone is concerned, he is still alive and well.