I happened to see this nest yesterday in a Buddelia in my biggest garden bed. I don't know how I missed it before! I can't find my guide to birds' nests but hazarding a guess I'll say it's a vireo nest, and if it is a vireo nest it's probably that of a White-Eyed Vireo.
It's exquisitely woven, a real work of art. Although deserted now, finding birds' nests in winter always makes me think of spring.
The garden in central NC is hardly ever deserted. The ground rarely freezes here and I will be working on projects all winter.
Happy Friday and thank you to Katarina at roses and stuff for hosting Blooming Friday.