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Canada goose: She’s back! Times’ Mother Goose is nesting on our roof again!

Mother Goose sitting on her rooftop nest in 2009
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A female Canada goose has returned once again to build her nest on a Contra Costa Times’ rooftop for the 5th year in a row.

It almost didn’t happen.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
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STOP and GO birds …

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

Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
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Bird nest found hidden in a Smokey Joe barbecue

Bird nest in a barbecue. Photo by Ellen Hennessy, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

I’m attaching photos of baby wrens found in our little Smokey Joe barbecue.

My husband discovered “weeds” in our barbecue the day before Easter, which turned out to be a cleverly hidden bird nest with 5 naked little babies.
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Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
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Cornell Bird Lab study: Got nest boxes? You can be a citizen scientist!

Screech owl nest box. Photo by Carol Meyer, Galaxy Press, Concord, Calif.
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Your monitoring can help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology study climate change and nesting birds.

Anyone with one or more nest boxes can help scientists learn more about bird families and how they might be affected by climate change. Just register the nest box (or boxes) with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch program at It doesn’t cost anything but yields valuable information needed to better understand breeding birds and how their natural rhythms may be changing.

If you don’t have a nest box, now is the time to set one up.
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Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2009
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She’s BACK! Canada goose nests annually on CCTimes’ rooftop

The Newspaper Goose. Photo by Joe Boessenecker, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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A female Canada goose has returned to nest on a Contra Costa Times’ rooftop again this year for the 4th year in a row.

She’s a couple of weeks early this year and most of us here at the Times figures it probably has to do with the weather.

There’s a truck awning outside the Times’ production office. The small roof/awning covers an area where delivery trucks can back in to deliver whatever it is they are delivering. There’s a row of redwood trees nearby and dried redwood duff falls onto the top of the awning. The goose scrapes all this “soft,” dried material up into a pile, scoops out a depression in the middle and lays her eggs.
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Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2009
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Wildest Bird Nest Contest … great prizes!

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!).
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Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2008
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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

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.

Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
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