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BestNest.com Newsletter
January 23, 2008

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard wildlife and outdoor activities as well as information on new products and specials. We will never sell your email address, and you can stop receiving our email newsletter at any time.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Sales & Specials
  • New at the Nest
  • Raptors Role in Bird Feeding


Sales & Specials
We've decided to run a special on a handful of products. Act now on the following "Hot Buys" because the special ends on Monday, February 4th.


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Arundale Mandarin Squirrel Proof Feeder w/ Seed Dividers
AR-152
Reg: $67.99
Sale: $49.99 thru 2/4 EST
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AcuRite Galileo Thermometer, 13"
CIC-00745
Reg: $22.99
Sale: $14.99 thru 2/4 EST
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CobraCo Brick Finish Square Fire Pit w/ Screen & Cover, 33"L
COB-FB-6409
Reg: $239.99
Sale: $179.99 thru 2/4 EST
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Coveside Small Winter Roost
COV-10095
Reg: $32.99
Sale: $27.99 thru 2/4 EST
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Dura-Trel Camelot Arbor
DUR-11141
Reg: $289.99
Sale: $189.99 thru 2/4 EST
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Flambeau Classic Judge Canada Goose Decoys, Pack of 4
FLA-5999FB
Reg: $159.99
Sale: $129.99 thru 2/4 EST
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Gardman Solar Shed Light with Fluorescent Tube
GAR-L6010
Reg: $39.99
Sale: $27.99 thru 2/4 EST
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Trio Martin Safety System w/ Pole
NH-MSS-12
Reg: $249.99
Sale: $179.99 thru 2/4 EST
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Sho Koi Impact Fish Food, 50 lbs.
TKI-IMP-50
Reg: $229.99
Sale: $179.99 thru 2/4 EST
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New at the Nest
Our customers are valuable to us. We continually search for new and better ways to serve our customers. In an effort to better meet your needs as a customer, BestNest aggressively adds new products to the website. Some of the new and exciting products that we've added are shown below. Be sure to check out our New Items department regularly.



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Akro-Mils Terrazzo Square Planter, Granite, 20"L, Pack of 2
AKM-93320BKGRAN-2
Reg: $189.99
Now: $159.99
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8-Ply Flexogen Garden Hose and Holder Package, 3/4", 100'
BN-HOSEKIT-3
Reg: $169.99
Now: $149.99
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Droll Yankees Bluebird House, Painted Bluebird
DY-NB-BB100
Now: $89.99
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Microbe-Lift Basic Beneficial Bacteria, 1 Gallon
ECL-BBBGAL
Reg: $54.99
Now: $44.99
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Microbe-Lift Legacy Fruits & Greens Floating Sticks, 17 lbs.
ECL-MLLFGXL
Reg: $79.99
Now: $59.99
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Microbe-Lift pH Decrease, 1 Gallon
ECL-PHDEGAL
Reg: $69.99
Now: $59.99
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Little Giant Submersible Well Pump, SUB12G05H2W1V, 12 gpm
LIG-14942363
Reg: $449.99
Now: $349.99
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Little Giant Sump Pump with Vertical Float, SP33V, 2850 gph
LIG-14942503
Reg: $159.99
Now: $124.99
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Nature House DuraCraft 2-Story Purple Martin House
NH-DR-12N
Reg: $72.99
Now: $64.99
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Raptors Role in Bird Feeding
For many birders, the sight of a hawk or falcon soaring over their feeder is a gut-wrenching, nervous experience and a reminder of the harsh reality of nature. For others, however, a raptor's flight can be captivating, and finding one in their yard can be a rewarding discovery. Raptors can be an unexpected benefit to your feeder and sanctuary, but also a reminder to responsibly place your feeder.

Raptors offer security and other benefits to your birding sanctuary. Birds of prey, along with many other creatures, have suffered from habitat loss. This habitat loss has forced mice, rats, and other rodents to search for food and shelter elsewhere, often in suburban areas. Raptors have followed these prey animals to feed on them out of your backyard or garden, keeping the pests under control without needing manmade traps or pesticides. Additionally, recent studies suggest that songbirds nesting near birds of prey have stronger, more viable offspring than those who do not. The roosting hawks or falcons prevent other predators, such as snakes and raccoons, from disturbing the nearby songbirds. As the songbirds do not spend as much energy protecting the nest, they are able to obtain more food and have stronger offspring.

Falcons and hawks will frequent bird feeders if they feel there is a readily available food source. You can practice responsible feeding of both songbirds and raptors to prevent avian casualties. Raptors usually soar downward from a height or a perch to grab their prey, and quickly fly upward with it in their talons. Placing your feeder near or amidst shrubs will offer a hiding place for songbirds. Avoid larger trees, as those offer a perfectly concealed perch for many raptors. Also, if a hawk or falcon appears around your feeder often, you may want to remove the feeder for a few days, and place it back out at a later date. Wild birds are used to fluctuating food supply, and will look for seed elsewhere. This will usually cause the raptor to leave as well. Putting the feeder back out after a week or two will invite the songbirds back often without the bird of prey.

Hawks and falcons are typically seen by birders only as threats to songbirds. They are a harsh predator of songbirds, but they also offer many benefits. By protecting songbird nest sites from other predators that easily raid nests, by culling weak and slower birds, and by removing pests that compete for the same food items as songbirds, raptors make songbird populations stronger. These benefits have made raptors a welcome visitor to many birdering sanctuaries. For those birders that want to exclude raptors, it is possible to exclude them from feeders with strategic placement and avoidance tactics. Raptors play an important role in the ecosystem, much like any other bird. Take a second look at these controversial birds next time they make an appearance in your garden. Remind yourself of their role as protector and pest manager, and enjoy the captivating experience of seeing one take to flight.

BestNest carries a full line of birding products. A number of these items are offered below. View all of the birding items available on our site at Wild Birds Department. For more personal assistance, feel free to call our customer service representatives toll free at 877-562-1818 or internationally at 513-232-4225 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.



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Bird - X Songbird Magnet Electronic Bird Attractant
BIX-SBM
Reg: $59.99
Now: $34.99
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Coveside Kestrel House
COV-10080
Reg: $42.99
Now: $37.99
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Droll Yankees Yankee Flipper Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
DY-YF
Reg: $134.99
Now: $89.99
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Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region
STK-FGER
Now: $17.99
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Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Western Region
STK-FGWR
Now: $17.99
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Woodlink Screech Owl & Kestrel House
WDL-OWLKEST
Now: $59.99
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