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.