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BestNest.com Newsletter
February 10, 2009

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
  • Feeding Purple Martins


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 23rd.


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Arboria Berkeley Arbor
ARB-1694
Reg: $599.99
Sale: $529.99 thru 2/23 EST
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Purple Martin 10" SuperGourd, Round Hole, 2 1/8", Pack of 12
BAB-SGR-12
Reg: $259.99
Sale: $229.99 thru 2/23 EST
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BestNest Classic Three-Woodpecker House
BN-CNWPH
Reg: $44.99
Sale: $29.99 thru 2/23 EST
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Brome Squirrel Buster Finch Feeder
BRM-1016
Reg: $49.99
Sale: $37.99 thru 2/23 EST
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Dura-Trel Somerset Arbor
DUR-11163
Reg: $259.99
Sale: $189.99 thru 2/23 EST
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Heath Black Forest Bird Feeder
HMC-2301
Reg: $44.99
Sale: $37.99 thru 2/23 EST
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Home Bazaar Cozy Cottage Bird House
HOB-2039
Reg: $57.99
Sale: $37.99 thru 2/23 EST
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Panacea French Arch Trellis with Finials, Black, Pack of 5
PAP-89643-CP
Reg: $249.95
Sale: $214.99 thru 2/23 EST
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Woodlink Squirrel-Proof Brushed Copper Seed Tube Bird Feeder
WDL-COPCAGE6S
Reg: $64.99
Sale: $59.99 thru 2/23 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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Bonide Bloom Builder, 4-14-8, RTS, 32 oz.
BOP-156
Reg: $12.99
Now: $11.99
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Farm Innovators Floating Convertible Tank Deicer, 1250 Watts
FI-H-418C
Reg: $54.99
Now: $44.99
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Opus Magnolia Hummingbird Feeder, 16 oz.
OP-120TF
Reg: $14.99
Now: $13.99
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Panacea Classic Plant Stand, Black, 15"H
PAP-88738
Reg: $23.99
Now: $20.99
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Panacea Classic Hanging Basket & Coco Liner, Black, 12" dia.
PAP-88739
Reg: $14.99
Now: $12.99
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Panacea Garden Obelisk, Brown, 48.5"
PAP-89327
Reg: $49.99
Now: $39.99
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Panacea Pyramid Obelisk with Finial, Black, 43"
PAP-89355
Reg: $54.99
Now: $44.99
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Perky Pet Blossom Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder, 27 oz.
PP-227
Reg: $24.99
Now: $22.99
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Woodlink Brushed Copper & Ruby Glass Hummingbird Feeder
WDL-WLH5
Now: $24.99
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Feeding Purple Martins
Caring for purple martins has become a fascinating hobby for millions, and landlords rejoice at their successful broods. Martins naturally feed on flying insects, although supplemental feeding can be a boon for your colony in times of inclement weather. Offering mealworms and crickets to your martins either actively or in a feeder can help your birds survive when the weather makes them unable to feed. To do so, train your martins to accept food and create a special feeder for them, to help your colony thrive.

When temperatures drop below 50 Fahrenheit for two or more days, when it rains or drizzles steadily for a few days, or when it is foggy or excessively windy for more than a day, flying insects, the martins' primary food source, become inactive. This prevents the martins from feeding, which can weaken them substantially in a matter of days. Martins can survive for 2 to 3 days without food, while nestlings may only survive one day without sustenance. In such climates, it may be a good idea to offer crickets or mealworms to your birds, keeping them healthy.

As martins dine on live, flying insects, they will likely not recognize food at first, if just placed in a feeder. They often need trained on accepting food from a stationary location. To train them, it is usually suggested to begin tossing food at first, to mimic flying. Beginning with crickets, which are similar in shape to grasshoppers, a martin's natural food, use a blow gun, slingshot, plastic spoon, or your hand and launch the food into the air. It is best if the martins are able to see the flying food, and if it reaches to the height of their house. It will likely take several tries to get the birds interested in the fodder, so be prepared to make many attempts. Once one bird feels that this is a viable food source, the others will likely join and enjoy your offerings.

When the birds are acclimated to tossed feeding, you may wish to add a platform feeder for their convenience. Open platforms work best, and can be filled with roasted mealworms, dead crickets, and perhaps even some cooked egg. Pole mount the feeder in an open area, approximately 6' to 10' high. Add perches above the platform, for the birds to rest when dining. Keep the space as open as possible, as martins search for insects in meadows often. Throwing insects directly above the platform and allowing them to land on the tray helps the martins understand that this is a food source for them. Adding a squirrel baffle to the feeder keeps rodents from taking the egg.

Offering supplemental insects to martins during inclement weather can help keep your colony healthy. It can help nestlings obtain their daily nutrients, and keep subadults and adults strong and viable. We have a large selection of poles, platform feeders, perches, and other accessories for all your martin needs. Be sure to visit our Purple Martin Houses department to check out all of our exciting products. For more personal assistance, call one of 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: $44.99
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Heath 24-Room Deluxe Purple Martin House Package
BN-AH-24D-KIT
Reg: $201.95
Now: $174.99
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Heath Deluxe Purple Martin Decoy with Mount
HMC-PMD1
Reg: $7.99
Now: $5.99
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Mealie Snax Roasted Mealworms - 2,000 count
NAW-MS-02K
Reg: $15.99
Now: $13.99
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Nature House Star Martin Perch for DH-12N, PMC-24, and TM-12
NH-DHPA
Now: $13.99
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Trio Martin Safety System w/ Pole
NH-MSS-12
Now: $287.99
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Rubicon Hanging Platform Feeder, Hunter
RUB-LHPF105
Reg: $24.99
Now: $22.99
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Stokes Purple Martin Book
STK-PMB
Now: $13.99
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Woodlink 3 in 1 Platform Feeder
WDL-PLAT2
Now: $32.99
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