The Mystery Solved- This Just In

About the solution to the mystery in the shed, click here to get caught up if you have not read that post;
this message was just received from the extension office about the nest in our shed:

“I e-mailed the pictures last week to our Wildlife Specialist in Knoxville. He stated that it is a bird nest, most likely a Carolina wren. They are relatively small, but like to build huge nests similar to the one in you picture. They commonly next in outbuildings and because of their size, they can get into buildings if there is a fairly small (about a 1/2-inch) crack somewhere. Hope this answers your questions.”

Tim WoodsExtension Director
There goes the good reputation of Inspector Gardener. In her first case, she wrongly accused the innocent squirrels. Oh well, we did say that we wished it had been a bird!
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22 Responses to The Mystery Solved- This Just In

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    If it was a Carolina Wren and it liked the spot it may rebuild. That was one massive nest. They nest in our garden every year but they have never built a nest that big.

  2. Frances, says:

    Lisa, you don’t sound convinced when you say ‘if’. The door is now shut tightly, they can’t get in. I did notice the wren hanging out under the garage deck. There is so much stuff under there and it is dry. Maybe they moved.

  3. Robin's Nesting Place says:

    That was a big nest for such a little bird. At my house in Alabama, I had an old mailbox that I stuck in the back garden. The wrens used if for nesting year after year. The nest they built was quite small.

  4. Melanie says:

    Frances, as much as I was hoping it was a bird, it’s probably best that the door is now locked shut. It would be so sad if that bird was in the shed and then the door was locked for several days. In the long run, this is much better for everyone. And best of all, we got to follow along on a great story!

  5. Dave says:

    That little guy made that big of a nest! It was like the McMansion of bird nests. One busy fellow!

  6. CJ says:

    This was WAY better than any old Nancy Drew book I ever read! The theories were widely varied ranging from the “other worldly” to the unthinkable! But at last, there is a happy ending…

    The Carolina Wren did it…
    in the shed…
    with the Moss!

    Who’s got the next case for the Gardener’s Version of Clue?

  7. Carol says:

    I’m happy to hear it was a wren’s nest. That seems so much nicer than mice or squirrels or who knows what kind of rodents. I’ve heard of birds getting through tiny holes into attics and building huge “community” nests, so this makes sense.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  8. Frances, says:

    Robin’s nesting place, we also thought that was a pretty big nest for such a small bird, but those guys are the experts!

    Dave, HA that is funny, it is a McMansion, or was, gone now!

    CJ, that’s a hoot, thanks for bringing an early morning laugh!

    Carol, yes, birds over rodents any day!

  9. gintoino says:

    Wow, such a big nest for such a tiny guy! You shouldn’t think too bad of the Inspector Gardener, this wasn’t an easy mistery.;-)

  10. Frances, says:

    gintonio, thanks for the encouraging words, the inspector may have been affected by the excitement of it all! ;->

  11. Crafty Gardener says:

    A bird as a resident is so much better than a squirrel. I’m so glad your research paid off and you found out who was making the nest. Perhaps now the shed is not accessible, the wren will choose another spot in your garden.

  12. Frances, says:

    Crafty, thanks, the wrens are still around, there are many good spots for nests since we are a little on the messy side here.

  13. Nicole says:

    well mr & mrs squirrel must be very smug with their vindication!

  14. Frances, says:

    Nicole, Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel are still guilty of several crimes of the gardening sort around here, they are still prime suspects!

  15. Mr. McGregor's Daughter says:

    So the squirrels got off this time? It’s good you’re going to keep a close eye on them – they’re probably plotting a takeover of your containers.

  16. Gail says:

    What a great reminder that there are state professionals that can help us identify animals, insects and plant disease. I forget that we have these terrific people.

    and the wren is just waiting for you to forget to lock the door…


  17. Frances, says:

    MMD, so true. We have taken the netting off the containers and have been watching for squirrel interest in them. We are never safe.

  18. Frances, says:

    Gail, you are so right. As a matter of fact, I am going back to using the lower lock, it is easier for me to open with hands full of tools, and I don’t mind the wren. It was the rodents we wanted to keep out.

  19. Sherry at the Zoo says:

    Just think, out of all the places the wren chose your shed. Isn’t that nice? So…I’m behind on my blog reading. Did you leave the nest?

  20. Frances, says:

    Sherry, we do love those wrens, but alas, we thought it was a rodent and cleaned it out of the shed. I figured the extension office had better things to do, then I got that email, too late! I am leaving the door with the lower latch fastened, the way it was before, in case they return.

  21. Anonymous says:

    No comment; please refer to previous blogment of issue.

    Much Love, CP

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