The Craftsman Crested Coo-Coo Coot

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

It is most unusual to see a nest created by the Craftsman Crested Coo-Coo Coot.

And especially in Virginia.  And to be honest, I don't know if I have yet seen one or not.

Entering the garage I looked up at the garage door opener, and saw bird nesting material sticking out of the top and bottom of the light fixture cover on one side.

This is unusual to say the least!

I can't remember ever seeing it before.

The opener worked fine. 

But the light bulb did not.  It had shorted or was burned out.

Then I remembered the stories.  The kind of stories you hear around the campfire late at night.  Stories of the Craftsman Crested Coo-Coo Coot.

The kind of stories that sound plausible but have a ring of weirdness, and bring a certain scary wonder with them. 

The kind of stories that are perfect for a campfire.

Could they be true?

Then, as I was looking at the nest, I thought I heard in the distance a feint, yet haunting, coo-coo sound!  Could it have been real or my imagination?

Was it a warning to get away from his nest?  Not sure if it would keep him out, or, indeed, even if the Craftsman Crested Coo-Coo Coot  really exists, I quickly closed the garage door!

You just can't be too sure.

My recommendation:  when things are found on a home inspection that are unusual, it doesn't matter.  The home inspector is charged with the job of observing and reporting.  While I could not say this garage door opener bird nest was built by the private and rare Craftsman Crested Coo-Coo Coot,  I still marvel.  And when I mentioned it to the homeowner he said, "I wondered where all those bird markings on one side of the car were coming from!  I couldn't figure it out!"  And now he knows.

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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That's too funny.  I hope you find the culprit. Have a nice day.

Jun 29, 2016 07:53 PM #1
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Kat Palmiotti
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Well, gee, I've never heard of a coo-coo coot! Could that be the same culprit who built a nest in the wooden canoe we had placed upside down for the Spring?

Jun 29, 2016 08:33 PM #2
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Jay Markanich The future homeowner could always look at the bright side to all this; he could have some fresh eggs!

Jun 29, 2016 08:45 PM #3
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Jennifer Mackay
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That's a good one Jay Markanich and scary - don't they close their garage door?

Jun 29, 2016 09:01 PM #4
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Jay Markanich
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Georgie - I kind of watched the culprit fly in and out while I was there.  But don't tell anybody.

They like protected and hidden spaces Kat.  I think you set yourself up for one.  Are they known to inhabit NY?

S&N - the Coo-Coo Coot has eggs that are white with black yolks.  For sure.

Jennifer - it might be that they have learned that if they do the Coo-Coo Coot does damage.   Look at the beak on that guy!

Jun 29, 2016 09:18 PM #5
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
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What a surprise! Will he convey with the house?

Jun 29, 2016 09:19 PM #6
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Chrissi, if you know anything about this species you should understand that the house conveys with him.

Jun 29, 2016 09:21 PM #7
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Sounds like an inviting place to build a nest...no weather to worry about...occasional light...who can blame the "CRAFTY COO"

Jun 29, 2016 10:06 PM #8
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Jay. This is the first time I have heard of this! Enjoy your day!

Jun 29, 2016 10:15 PM #9
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Jay Markanich
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S&D - birds are very inventive and opportunistic.  I remember when the green nuts were telling us that the Spotted Owl could only live in a certain habitat and a certain place (so they could get the gubment to prevent the advancement of civilization there).  A short while later Spotted Owls were found in K Mart and WalMart signs on the front of their buildings, en masse, all over the place.  Needless to say, civilization advanced.

Wayne - it is indeed a very rare find.  Most have never heard this!  Not sure why...

Jun 29, 2016 10:48 PM #10
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Looks like someone left their garage door open a LOT---or perhaps some other opening?

Jun 29, 2016 11:58 PM #11
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Fred Hernden, CMI
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Lol... and he didn't look up to see that? Wondering if he EVER closed the garage door, it has to be open quite a bit to build that nest there and be able to come and go for the Craftsman Crested Worms!

Jun 30, 2016 12:39 AM #12
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Jay Markanich
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That might be the case, Charlie.  It was open when I got there!

Fred - when he said that I laughed and said that bird poop comes from above!  He confessed to never looking up above the car.

Jun 30, 2016 12:42 AM #13
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Stephen Weakley
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Wonder if they are charging rent to the Craftsman Crested Coo-Coo Coot?

Jun 30, 2016 05:00 AM #14
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Likely not, Stephen, since the homeowner did not know where the bird poop was coming from!

Jun 30, 2016 09:06 AM #15
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