My husband called me to come out to the garage one morning last week. I put on some shoes and walked out.
He pointed to the top of the garage door lift. Imagine my surprise when I saw a really large nest of some sort built right on top of the lift. We both looked at each other trying to figure out what animal or bird could have built such a nest there. It surely had been built over a 24-hour period. There is no chance we could have missed seeing it for more than a day. We always enter the house through the garage and this thing was rather large.
We close the garage door every evening when we bring in the bird feeders. We close the garage door anytime we both are away. How could this have been constructed so quickly? And what in the world built it? It was far too small for a squirrel and our flying squirrels always build their nests in cavities. It seemed really big. What could it be?
The nest covers most of the lift motor
Some of the materials are weaved into the wiring
Who could have put it there so quickly?
Our questions were soon answered as a rather small sparrow flew in and quickly out of the garage as we stood there. A sparrow? Really? We rarely see sparrows around here, yet this one had decided to build in our garage.
Now the question became what to do. We decided that there was no way the sparrow could have laid any eggs. She was still constructing the nest. The nest simply could not stay there. It was not a good place for the sparrow and certainly not a good place for us. The lift is in the middle of the garage and we walk under it many times a day.
The little sparrow was furious and chirped at us with a loud voice. We got out a stepladder and bucket. My husband put on gloves and climbed up to remove the nest. As we expected (and hoped) there were no eggs inside the nest. He removed the nest and placed it gently in the bucket. It was tedious work removing the last twigs and leaves that had been woven amongst the wiring.
What should we do with the nest? The sparrow was watching from a nearby tree, chirping non-stop. We decided to place the nest deep among the branches of a tall shrub close to the garage. Had there been fledglings in the nest, the sparrow might have returned. We had no idea whether or not she would return to any empty one.
I spread the branches to get a picture of the nest. With the branches back in place, the nest is obscured.
In the end, the sparrow decided she had had enough of us. She did not use the nest in its new location and decided to build another.
But we kept the garage door closed the entire time for the next couple of days.
Just in case.