Birds choose to build nests in unique places, and some of their real estate choices are real head-scratchers.

That’s where the Funky Nests in Funky Places photo contest comes in.

The contest is hosted by Celebrate Urban Birds citizen-science project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Send in Your Funky Nest Photo

If you find a nest built in a quirky, even downright crazy spot, please share!

Entries can be photos, poems, stories, or artwork.

Past participants have found nests strategically placed on statues, in barbecue grills, traffic lights, wind chimes, golf shoes, and–pretty much anywhere.

Contest Entry Deadline June 30

“We have a few categories in which we judge the entries,” explains project leader Karen Purcell.  “We look for the funkiest, the cutest, the funniest, and the most inconvenient. Kind-hearted people have given up golfing, riding a bike, or driving a tractor for a while as they wait for baby birds to fledge from an ‘inconvenient’ nest!”

Participants don’t have to be bird or photography experts.

All ages are welcome to participate as individuals or with a class, community center, or afterschool program.

Entries are accepted from anywhere in the world. Deadline is June 30.

You don’t have to be a participant in the citizen-science project either–sign in as a guest.

The owner of this bike won't get it in gear until these American Robin chicks fledge. Photo by Carolyn Sibner

The owner of this bike won’t get it in gear until these American Robin chicks fledge. Photo by Carolyn Sibne

Top Prize Celestron Binoculars

Top winners in each category will receive Celestron binoculars.

Other prizes are available for honorable mentions.

Find more information about how to locate nests, approach them without disturbing the birds, and enter the contest at www.funkynests.org.

In Spanish: www.nidoschiflados.org.