By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 at 7:54 am in Bird nests.
It’s time for the Third annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest!
CATEGORIES: Most Unusual Nest Building Materials; Flimsiest Nest; Weirdest Nest Location; Most Unique Bird; Most Artistic Nest. A Grand Prize will be awarded for the Most Wonderful Nest of All. (More on this later.)
GREAT PRIZES: fancy new feeders, fancy birdseed, bird books and more, all donated by East Bay Nature, 1270A Newell Ave., Walnut Creek; Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; Wild Birds Unlimited, 7182 Regional St., Dublin.
RULES: Nest must be on your property in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are two ways to enter:
1. Send your name, address, phone number, nest category, a written description of nest and a photograph of the nest — do not send the actual nest! — to: Third annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest, c/o Times, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-8099. Nest pictures should be newspaper-worthy, printed on photo paper.
2. Or you can e-mail your name, address, phone number and all those other details along with your nest photo attached (JPEGs only) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXTRA: Enter as many different nests in as many different categories as you want. Each entry and photo must be in a separate letter or e-mail. Photos of winning nests will appear in a story I’ll be writing after the contest ends.
SPEAKING OF NESTS: Be very careful and don’t frighten the birds!
DEADLINE: Entries must be received at the Times, Walnut Creek, by 5 p.m. April 20.
JUDGES: Gary Bogue; Tut the Cat Bogue (he promised he’d wash my car if I let him do this); Diana Granados, Native Bird Connections; Marty Buxton, collections manager, Lindsay Wildlife Museum.