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What bird laid this egg?

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I am SO not knowledgeable about birds, but found this nest and egg in a bush we removed. Can someone tell me the bird?


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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

darius, I hope someone will be able to answer your question. I'm relatively new at birding and have seen very few eggs in person, thus unable to assist with your quest for an answer. From what I've observed, some common garden birds will use nest boxes, those that nest within shurberies are Mockingbirds, Thrushes, Brown Thrashers ect. I just wanted to share bit of my experience, and hope to bump this thread up for an answer. Good lucks.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Thanks. I did find some websites that help to ID bird eggs, and this one probably is some kind of wren.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Those poor Wrens, they have a tendency to build nest in every odd place. Early spring my son found a nest that was built in his hanging flower basket... The Wrens wasn't discouraged by human activity, but when it tried to incubate, and the basket was taking down to be watered. The Momma bird got frightened and abandoned the clutch of half dozen or so eggs. Such bad outcome!!!

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Yes, they seem to not be choosy about nesting places!

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Thanks. I'm glad you've found answer. I'll exit the thread so perhaps it can be consider solved? Happy birding, gardening.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Yes, I'm considering it solved. Thanks!

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

DariusI'm not so sure its a Wren. The Carolina Wrens here are picky. They like sheltered areas like in hanging basket under a porch, a shelf in the garage, stack of plant pots laying on their side. The always build a domed nest (like a cave) even inside a bird house. They will build it up to where the opening of the nest is aligned with the opening of the birdhouse. I have one in a Bluebird box now. If I don't forget I will open it when I can catch the mom off the nest and take pic to show you.

Found this info on birds nest from here
"Chestnut-sided warbler Dendroica pensylvanica
Chestnut-sided warblers nest in open, edge habitat and also close to the ground, in small shrubs and bushes. This nest, with its very light and flimsy appearance, is made almost entirely of very fine grasses"
Haven't googled to see what their eggs looks like yet

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

Carolina Wrens in Somerset, KY don't build on the ground that we've had here every year that I've noticed. This year they are on the edge of the base of the porch after 2 - 3 feet up but to put it directly on the ground I haven't seen yet.

I found an identical nest last year which I accidently exposed and ruined weeding the garden. That is the egg was OK but it was too exposed for the bird's liking. The parents never came back.

What I saw flying away from it and it was only a glimpse, looked like a barn swallow.

I'd like to know if you identify this bird's nest.

Here is a link to a similar looking Barn Swallow nest, though placed differently.

Searches I've done for Carolina Wren nests and Barn Swallow nests show quite a few variants of nests and eggs in the way they look and where they locate them.

I almost think you'll have to get a picture of the bird at the nest.

I had an similar looking nest (I seem to remember a few small blue speckles as well though) that I now think was more likely a Carolina Wren.

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So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Never got a positive ID, bird(s) never came back to the nest.

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

the Carolina Wrens here build a very distinct nest, like a sloppy oven shape, and will always include large leaves as part of the structure.

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