Wildest Bird Nests!
Guess what, everyone? It’s time for my fourth annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest!
Do you have a bird nest (or nests) in your yard? OK, it may not be an eagle nest, but grab your camera, take a photo and enter it anyway!
*** Categories: 1. Most Unusual Nest Building Materials. 2. Flimsiest Nest. 3. Weirdest Nest Location. 4. Most Unique Bird. 5. Most Artistic Nest.
*** Great Prizes: Fancy bird feeders, birdseed for your feeders, bird books and more, donated by Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; Wild Birds Unlimited, 7182 Regional St., Dublin; and East Bay Nature, 1270A Newell Ave., Walnut Creek.
*** Grand Prize: A one-year Family Membership to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, will be awarded to the Most Wonderful Nest of All (more on this later).
*** Rules: Nest must be on your property in the Bay Area. Two ways to enter:
1. E-mail your name, address, phone number, nest category, a written description of nest, along with your nest photo (JPEGs only) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not touch or send the actual nest!
2. I prefer e-mailed JPEGs, but if you’re not a computer person, you can mail your name, address, phone number, nest category, a written description of nest and a photograph (do not send the actual nest!) to: Fourth Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest, c/o The Times, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-8099. Pictures should newspaper-worthy, printed on photo paper.
*** Extra: Photos of winning nests will appear in a story about the contest winners after the contest ends.
*** Speaking of nests: Please don’t frighten the birds when you take pictures.
*** Deadline: Entries must be received at the Contra Costa Times, 2640 Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek, by 5 p.m. May 7.
*** Judges: Gary Bogue; Newman The Cat Bogue (he promised to do the dinner dishes for a month if I let him do this); 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