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BestNest.com Newsletter
June 2, 2004

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and garden decor products as well as information about upcoming specials, additional online content, and new product offerings.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • New At The Nest
  • Father's Day Gifts!
  • Current Clearance Items
  • Bird Profile: Cardinals
  • The BestNest.com Giveaway Winner is ...
  • Free Merchandise to be Awarded Every Issue

New At The Nest
We have recently added many new items in an effort to offer you the best backyard wildlife and garden decor products. Here are just a few of the many exciting products found in our Just Added category


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Birding Company Townhouse Hanging Bird Feeder
BCO-78104
Now: $34.95



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Country Nests Safe Harbor Lighthouse Bird Feeder
CN-4014
Now: $24.95



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Droll Yankees Incredible Adjustable Deck Clamp & Pole
DY-DP
Now: $29.99



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Esteem Garden Victorian Garden Arbor & Gate
ESG-39147
Now: $349.95



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Firestone PondGard EPDM Pond Liner, 8'x10', 0.045 mil
FIR-EPDM08010
Now: $39.95



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BirdSong Identiflyer SongCard, Southwest Two
FTB-SCFB10
Now: $12.99



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BirdSong Identiflyer SongCard, Southwest One
FTB-SCFB9
Now: $12.99




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Opus Sunswept Hanging/Standing Birdbath, Royal Blue
OP-421HS
Now: $34.95



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Pondmaster 190 gph Statuary Pump w/ Built-in Flow Control
PON-02519
Now: $41.95


Father's Day Gifts!
It's not too late to find a great Father's Day gift! Not only do we have a fantastic selection of products Dad will love, we also have a variety of shipping options to have the gift delivered on time. Here are just a few of our perennial favorites.


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Arundale Feed the Birds Mug
AR-ARM14
Now: $6.95




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Squngee II Bungee-jumping Squirrel Feeder
BEL-SQUN-2
Now: $17.95




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STD SHIPPING
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Heritage Farms Double Sided Absolute II Bird Feeding Package
BN-7536-KIT
Now: $94.95




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Heath 18-Room Deluxe Purple Martin House Package
BN-AH-18D-KIT
Reg: $163.75
Sale: $149.95




FREE USA
STD SHIPPING
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Droll Yankees Yankee Flipper Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
DY-YF
Reg: $110.99
Sale: $89.95




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Birdsong Identiflyer
FTB-IF03
Now: $34.99




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Heartwood Bluebird Manor, Grey
HW-006A
Reg: $67.95
Sale: $52.95




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OBC Triple-Celled Bat House, 300 bats
OBC-TCBH
Now: $59.95



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Woodlink Large Coppertop Gazebo Bird Feeder
WDL-COPGAZEBO
Reg: $249.95
Sale: $234.95


Current Clearance Items
Here are a few items recently added to our Clearance section. Stock may be limited, so hurry before they are no longer available!

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Aspects Hummingbird Gift Pack
ASP-260
Reg: $29.95
Sale: $24.95



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Bruin Forever Feeder, 24"
FOF-FBF-6000
Reg: $46.99
Sale: $34.95



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Heartwood Wren Tin Tin, Red
HW-016C
Reg: $24.95
Sale: $19.95



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Heartwood Wround Wren, White
HW-031A
Reg: $55.95
Sale: $39.95



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Heartwood Chateau, White
HW-041B
Reg: $599.95
Sale: $299.95



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Heartwood Songbird Serenade, Brown Copper Roof
HW-055B
Reg: $149.95
Sale: $79.95


Bird Profile: Cardinals
Each month in 2004, BestNest will be featuring a species profile for the birds about which we receive the most comments and questions. We hope these profiles are both educational and entertaining, so please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve them. Enjoy!

June 2004: Cardinals

The Cardinal may be the most popular bird to feed and attract, especially in the eastern part of the United States. In fact, seven states have the Cardinal as their state bird and countless sports teams and organizations use the Cardinal as their mascot. What makes the Cardinal so special? Let's take a look:

Cardinals are actually named after the Roman Catholic Cardinals, whose traditional red robes resemble the bright scarlet male birds. Cardinals are actually part of the Grosbeak family, which is named for their very large and thick beaks that are used for cracking seeds. The Cardinal (also known as the Northern Cardinal) is primarily found in the eastern half of the United States, and is most abundant in the southeastern states. A close relative, the Pyrrhuloxia, can be found in the southwestern U.S. The Pyrrhuloxia is almost identical the Cardinal except in color and beak structure. Both males and females tend to be gray and have beaks similar to that of a parrot. All male Cardinals have bright red plumage and red bills with a black patch at its base. Females are primarily brown with some red on its wings and tail. Juveniles of both sexes resemble the female; however, have blackish bills instead of red. Unlike many birds, both the males and females are very vocal and will sing all year long.

Cardinals are a non-migratory bird, and will stay in an area as long as food and adequate shelter is available throughout the year. They prefer shrubs and smaller thickets to builds their nests in, which are usually made up of weed stems, leaves, grass, and grass stems. The females typically build the nest; however, males will sometimes help gather materials and assist in the construction. Cardinals will not use man-made housing, so you will not need to provide a house in order to attract them to your backyard.

Since a Cardinal pair will stay in an area for many seasons, it is important to provide both food and water year round to encourage a long term stay. The Cardinal's diet is comprised of insects, seeds, leaf buds, flowers, and berries. During the summer months, insects may be their primary source of food; however, as fall and winter approach seeds will slowly become their main source of nourishment. Cardinals, as with many songbirds, tend to have a strong preference for sunflower seeds. Also, safflower seeds are a preferred seed by many cardinals. You can often find Cardinal "blend" seed mixtures of black oil sunflower and safflower seeds for use in a sunflower/mixed seed bird feeder. While the Cardinals may not visit a feeder as often during the warmer months, it is still important to have seed readily available for them as well as a fresh source of water. If a natural source of water isn't nearby, consider a using a bird bath. During the winter months, a heated bird bath or the use of a bird bath deicer may be necessary to ensure that fresh water is available for cardinals and other non-migratory birds.

As many people have discovered, Cardinals can be very particular regarding their use of a bird feeder. They are a medium sized bird, and their larger structure makes it difficult for them to feed at many tube feeders. They also prefer to eat facing forward (towards the seed port), which is not possible with many tube feeder designs. Platform, gazebo, and hopper feeders tend to be more accommodating to Cardinals, and are usually more successful in attracting them. Typically, the larger and more open the feeding area of the feeder, the more attractive it will be to the Cardinals. Unfortunately, a large, open feeder is more prone to raiding by squirrels. If squirrels are an issue, there are a couple of options that will work for you. First, if the squirrels are not able to jump down onto a feeder, the use of a baffle underneath it should keep them from climbing the pole/post supporting the feeder. If using a hanging feeder, you will want to use a baffle placed above the feeder or consider a feeder with an integrated baffle (such as the Arundale Mandarin Sky Café Feeder or the Droll Yankees Big Top Feeder). We do not recommend using caged feeders, as Cardinals tend to be suspicious of the outer cage and often will not attempt to go inside to feed. For extreme squirrel problems, consider the Brome Squirrel Buster 2 w/ Cardinal Ring or the Droll Yankees Whipper squirrel proof feeders.

If you are in need of a new feeder, there are many feeders suitable for feeding Cardinals available at
www.bestnest.com We offer seed and several informative books, such as Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior Volume 2. If you would like more personal assistance, please email us at customerservice@bestnest.com or call 877-369-5446.



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Arundale Mandarin Sky Cafe Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
AR-360
Now: $59.95



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Wild Bird Seed Mix, Cardinal Blend, 5 lbs
BN-MXC-05
Now: $3.85




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Brome Squirrel Buster II Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
BRM-1008
Reg: $64.95
Sale: $62.95




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Droll Yankees Big Top Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, Green
DY-BTG
Reg: $67.99
Sale: $59.95



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Droll Yankees Yankee Whipper Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
DY-YCPW-180
Reg: $89.99
Sale: $79.95



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Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior, Volume II
STK-GTBB-2
Now: $14.95


The BestNest.com Giveaway Winner is Doris Steere!
CONGRATULATIONS to Doris Steere who just won a new Opus Saucer Oriole Feeder, 16 oz! To claim your prize, please send an email to customerservice@bestnest.com and include your address information and telephone number. We may follow-up with a phone call to verify your address information and identity. Congratulations!

Next issue, our winner will receive a new:
Heartwood New Chick Chickadee House, Smoke Grey
Now: $39.99

Free Merchandise to be Awarded Every Issue
As a subscriber to the BestNest.com Newsletter, you will be automatically entered into our drawing for free BestNest.com merchandise. Every issue, we will announce a new winner in our newsletter. The winner will be announced by First and Last name and must claim the prize within 30 days of notification. For more information about our giveaway, please visit http://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/bnmail.asp .

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