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STOP and GO birds …

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 7:30 am in Bird nests.

Stoplight nest. Photo by George Jardim, Walnut Creek, CA
stoptlight bird

The street maintenance people in Santa Cruz, CA, must really like birds.
George Jardim, Walnut Creek, CA

What a clever place for the parent birds to build their nest. Plenty of protection from the weather, plus the lights help to keep the babies warm while their parents are off hunting for food.

I wonder why they picked the yellow light to build their nest, instead of the green or red lights?

Anyone have any ideas? /Gary

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  1. Dorothy D Says:

    Could it be that the yellow light is on less long than either red or green?

  2. Gary Bogue Says:

    Dorothy D.: Good idea. I never thought of that. Might be. /Gary

  3. Paula M. Says:

    I don’t know about these particular streetlight birds, but I recently noticed that a mom&pop bird had nested in a light fixture above the BART tracks at the Pleasant Hill BART station. I first noticed one bird gathering twigs, and the other “sitting guard” on the light fixture, and in the days that followed, as I paid more attention and listened more closely, I realized I could just barely see several little peepers stretching their mouths up to get the food that the parents were bringing. Then one day, I didn’t hear or see the birds. There are others that like to fly around the BART station, but I just hope that BART didn’t prematurely shoo these out of the nest, and that they instead had grown up and out on their own.

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