Birds build nests in some of the most interesting and bizarre places. So this spring the Center at Fairfield launched the First Annual Wacky Nest Quest to encourage people to join in the fun. The contest garnered entries from across the country including photographs of nests in a riding helmet, flower box and a wreath on a door.
The jury selected one winning photograph in each of the adult and children’s categories. “Birds can build nests in an assortment of odd places, places that you wouldn’t ordinarily expect a nest to be,” stated Colleen Noyes, Connecticut Audubon Society naturalist. “A few years ago, a utility worker brought a nest to our Milford Point sanctuary that was built from red, green, blue and yellow discarded telephone wire. It was one of the most intricately constructed nests I have ever seen. Since then I marvel at the adaptability of nature especially birds!”
The winner in the adult category was Richard Max of California who snapped his winning photograph at a restaurant in Chicago while celebrating his grandson’s 11th birthday. Max’s whimsical photography captured a nest inside the “R” at Ron Japanese Restaurant.
Six-year-old Jaiden Elliott from Connecticut won first prize in the children’s category for his photograph of a nest inside a barbeque grill. “We had some really amazing photographs of nests in some rather unusual places,” stated Noyes. “It was a tough decision but considering the location of the nest in the grill and proximity to everyday activity, the judges thought it was just ‘wacky’ enough!!”