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Bird Nests: 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest

By Gary Bogue
Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 7:03 am in Bird Nest Contest, Bird nests, Birds, wild birds.

Bald eagle nest. Photo by Flickr user keithminer used under a Creative Commons License.
eaglenest keithminer

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!

Golden eagle nest. Photo by Flickr user Lisa Sanderson used under a Creative Commons License.
eaglenest Lisa Sanderson

*** 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 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

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One Response to “Bird Nests: 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest”

  1. Nancy Schick Says:

    I can’t enter the contest because I can’t get a picture of the nest but had to pass this along anyway. I have a chickadee that has a nest in an old barbeque glove that was my husbands. There are babies in it now. This same bird? has built a nest here for the past four years. It is on the patio under the over hang of the roof protected from wind and rain. Last year I even bought a new glove and the bird came back.

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