We noticed this nest in an apple tree in our front yard about 8 ft off the ground. I assume it’s a bird's nest as it’s made of twigs but we've not seen any activity around it. We live in East Central IL close to Champaign, IL. We are in farm country but have a fair number of trees around the house and lots of birds. We have never seen a next like this. The nest is sitting on the branch and is not a hanging next. Two views are from the front and one from the side. ~ Sylvia
I’m sorry I don’t know who built your nest. Some of the possible suspects that came to my mind immediately are Orchard Oriole, Carolina Wren or American Red Squirrel. All build dome-shaped grass nests in trees and live in your area. With your permission I’ll post the photos on my blog (http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/) and get some feedback that is more helpful. ~ Sarah
By all means, please post the pictures. I am really curious. I should add that it is highly unlikely that it would be a squirrel as we simply don't have them. I live on a 5 acre farmstead with 2 houses. We are surrounded by flat Illinois fields with the nearest semi-wooded area over a mile away. We did surprisingly see one squirrel this spring (first time ever) and no idea how it found its way here but that was the last sighting. It was gray in color. This nest is rather large (you can probably tell that). It probably about a foot long front to back and 6 or more inches tall. The hold is good sized as well - 1 to 2 inching in diameter I'd say from the best I can see. Thanks again for getting back to me. ~ Sylvia
Hummm - you could certainly be right. I just can't believe that we wouldn't have seen it. We are outside frequently and have never seen a squirrel out there. Still possible. May have been around long enough to build the nest and now is gone. ????
Is there a wildlife expert out there that can help us identify this nest?