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Steve DeGeest

Andover Boulevard Northwest, Andover, MN, United States


We found this nest below our deck after the birds had left it this fall.
We tried to find photos on line which would identify the species that made this nest but did not.
Please identify the bird species that made this nest.


Unusual nests

Unknown Bird Nest, Please Identify

Nest below our deck

8 responses to “Unknown bird nest, please identify”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Hi Steve, this is some kind of wasp’s nest. Not a bird nest, unfortunately.

  2. Nancy says:

    It looks like a wasp’s nest . I could be that the wasps have left the nest & the birds moved in. Did you see birds comming & going to & from the nest?

  3. Joan Gray says:

    That is a black hornets’ nest. Don’t disturb it while occupied. They are wicked.

  4. Paul says:

    It is a hornets nest. If the hornets are gone they are worth around $100.00 dollars.

  5. Larry says:

    It is a hornets nest, My guess that it’s the past home of the “black faced” They tend to be about 1 inch long. If you upset them or there nest, they WILL sting you repeatedly. Don’t try to move it until it has been cold, 10 degrees or less.

  6. Lisa says:

    Its a beautiful structure. I read where Wrens will
    use abandoned wasp nests to nest in.

  7. Ted says:

    This is definitely an old paper wasp nest.
    If you’re looking at it during warm weather, stay as far from it as possible. Unlike bees, wasps can (and will) sting you repeatedly and it feels like you were beaten with a baseball bat a few hours later… at each sting site.
    If you want the nest for decorating, wait until it’s below freezing before attempting to take it.
    If you want birds to move into it, same thing, wait until winter before moving it to an “unprotected” location. A high branch with little cover is ideal for birds but not flying insects.
    If you want to try to sell it (again winter removal), buy an airtight plastic case it’ll fit in and display it on eBay.
    You’ll get $100 easily.
    Personally, I’d keep it or repurpose it as a bird home.

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