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Wildest Bird Nest Contest … great prizes!

By Gary Bogue
Monday, April 21st, 2008 at 7:40 am in Bird Nest Contest, Bird nests, Birds.

Who’s got the weirdest and most artistic bird nests sitting in their Bay Area yard? Is it you?

It’s time for the 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest and you’re all invited to search your yards and enter some wild and wonderful photographs of all the unique bird nests you find. Check all the nooks and crannies in your yard and around your house (or on your house!).

Please be VERY careful to keep at a safe distance from the nests so you DON’T frighten parent birds or chicks when you’re looking at or photographing a nest. If you have a telephoto lens, please use it.

RULES: Nests must be on your property in the San Francisco Bay Area.

HOW TO ENTER: There are two ways to enter:
1. Submit your name, address, phone number, nest category, a written description of the nest, and color photographs (do NOT send the actual nest!) to:
4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest, c/o the Times, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-8099.
Make sure your photos are printed on photo paper.)
2. Or you can e-mail the above information along with your nest photos (JPEGs only) to Enter as many different nests in as many different categories as you want. Each entry and photos must be in a separate letter or e-mail. There’s no fee to enter (hey, this is for fun!).
Photos of winning nests will appear with a story in the Times’ Home & Garden Section after the contest ends.

NEST CATEGORIES: 1. Most Unusual Building Materials; 2. Flimsiest Nest; 3. Weirdest Nest Location; 4. Most Unique Bird; 5. Most Artistic Nest. A grand prize will be awarded for the Most Wonderful Nest of All (more on this later).

PRIZES: Fancy new feeders, specialty bird seed, new bird books and more, donated by East Bay Nature, 1270A Newell Ave., Walnut Creek; Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; Wild Birds Unlimited, 7182 Regional Street, Dublin.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received at the Times in Walnut Creek by 5 p.m. May 23.

JUDGES: Gary Bogue; Newman the Cat Bogue (this is the closest he’ll ever get to a nest!), Diana Granados, Native Bird Connections, Marty Buxton, collections manager, Lindsay Wildlife Museum; Mike Williams, vice-president, Mount Diablo Audubon Society.

Let the contest begin. /Gary

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  1. Karen Hossfeld Says:

    HI — too late to enter your fun contest this year, I know, but do you know who I could address a local bird nest query to?

    A bird just last week (in mid-July) built a nest in the “eaves” of our patio table umbrella on our deck in the Oakland hills. The nest fell down in our dinner — we hadn’t realized it was there. Our dog chewed it up, but the bird/s rebuilt within the week.

    It seems way too late in the nesting season, so we are curious.

    The bird swoops into a nearby tree whenever we approach, so we can’t get a good look at it. It appears to be mid-sized, grayish, long forked tail — kind of like a mocking bird.

    No eggs yet, but we can see a tip of the bird’s tail moving whenever we look towards the nest, so know it’s often there roosting.

    Questions: can local birds lay eggs this late? If so, we’d like to give them a chance. But we don’t really want to give up the use of our table and deck for the rest of the summer while any chicks hatch and grow.
    Could we remove the umbrella — with nest — and place it somewhere else visible in our back yard, below the deck?

    Thanks for any advice!

    Karen Hossfeld

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