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BestNest.com Newsletter
April 6, 2010

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:
  • New at the Nest
  • Sales & Specials
  • Clearance
  • Correcting Hummingbird Feeder Problems
New at the Nest
Our customers are valuable to us. We continually search for new and better ways to serve you. In an effort to better meet your needs, 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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BirdBrain Pebbled Hip 3-in-1 Torch
BIR-10304155
Reg:  $27.99
Now: $24.99
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BirdBrain Pillar Gazing Ball Stand, Moss, 20"
BIR-10504001
Reg:  $44.99
Now: $39.99
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BirdBrain Daddy-Oh Firepot, Green
BIR-11504119
Reg:  $29.99
Now: $27.99
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BirdBrain Pandora Firepot Duo, Red
BIR-11504247
Reg:  $19.99
Now: $18.99
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BirdBrain Pandora Firepot Duo, Sable
BIR-11504250
Reg:  $19.99
Now: $18.99
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BirdBrain Loki Firepot, Blue Marble
BIR-11504268
Reg:  $24.99
Now: $22.99
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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, April 12th. Be sure to check out all of our exciting specials by visiting the Hot Buys department regularly.


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Audubon Cut Glass Oriole Feeder, Amber, 10 oz.
AUD-NAO8
Reg:  $29.99
Sale: $24.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Wing & A Prayer Chateau House, Hammered Copper Roof
AWP-CHATHSE-H
Reg:  $289.99
Sale: $239.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Microbe-Lift / PL, 1 Gallon
ECL-10PLG
Reg:  $72.99
Sale: $57.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Gardeneer Hand Painted Owl Scarecrow with Rotating Head
GAD-RHO-4
Reg:  $34.99
Sale: $24.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Gardman Classic Garden Obelisk, 96"
GAR-R352
Reg:  $69.99
Sale: $59.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Heath Two-Piece Martin Gourds, Crescent SREH, 8 Pack
HMC-30008
Reg:  $84.99
Sale: $57.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Home Bazaar Le Chateau Bird House
HOB-2023-YEL
Reg:  $259.99
Sale: $189.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Mayne Liberty Mailbox Post, White
MAY-5805-W
Reg:  $219.99
Sale: $209.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Panacea Giant Trellis, 108"H
PAP-89655
Reg:  $69.99
Sale: $62.99 thru 4/12 EST
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Clearance
A few of our deeply discounted items appear below. Be sure to check out our other exciting deals by visiting the Clearance department regularly.


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Achla Spinning Compost Mixer, Black
ACD-CMP-03
Reg:  $229.99
Sale: $189.99 thru 3/1 EST
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Bonide KleenUp Grass & Weed Killer , RTS, 32 oz
BOP-7497
Reg:  $8.49
Now: $6.49
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DRAMM Handi-Wand, Red, 8"
DRA-10-12402
Reg:  $11.99
Now: $7.49
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Flambeau Great Blue Heron Decoy, 29.5"
FLA-5960CD
Reg:  $49.99
Sale: $42.99 thru 9/24 EST
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Gardman Greenhouse Glazing Set, 6' x 8'
GAR-G7021
Reg:  $379.99
Now: $229.99
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Gilmour Trim-EZ Premium Anvil Lopper, 15.75"
GIM-2050A
Reg:  $37.99
Now: $21.99
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New England Nantucket II Arbor with Trim, 99.25"H
UAC-VA74228
Reg:  $499.99
Now: $469.99
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Woodlink Plastic Diamond Hummingbird Feeder, 18 oz.
WDL-WLH6
Reg:  $9.99
Now: $6.99
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White Mountain Moonlight Puzzle, 550 pieces
WMP-275
Reg:  $9.99
Now: $8.49
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Correcting Hummingbird Feeder Problems
People have been fascinated by hummingbirds for centuries. It is no wonder that these tiny flying jewels are some of the most desired and watched birds today. Chances are good that you or someone you know has a hummingbird feeder. Some hummingbirders, especially those new to the pastime, are likely to have questions about solving some common problems. Pests, rapid nectar spoilage, and dripping feeders are common with beginning hummingbird enthusiasts.

In addition to hummingbirds, bees, ants, and wasps are attracted to the nectar in hummingbird feeders. All is not lost, however, as these problems can usually be corrected easily. Ants, although tenacious, are the easiest pest to prevent from swarming your feeders. Hang your feeder from an ant moat or spindle to completely control an ant problem. Some ant moats are filled with water and force the insects to cross before reaching the feeder cord. Ants are not swimmers and will not cross the moat to reach the feeder. These moats require frequent filling, though, which some of us are not prepared to do on a daily basis. A great alternative is filling the moat or spindle with Vaseline, petroleum jelly, or grease. Any of these may easily be re-activated by stirring with a toothpick and will likely last a good portion of the feeding season.

Bees, wasps, and other flying insects are a little more difficult to control as they are airborne, like hummingbirds. The best method of controlling flying insects is through prevention. Be sure to clean the outside of your feeders thoroughly as any residual nectar there is irresistible to bees and wasps. Also, avoid placing your feeders in full sun. Bees and wasps are much more likely to swarm a feeder in the sun. If you are aware that you a have a bee or wasp problem, avoid purchasing feeders with yellow on them or paint the yellow portions of the feeder with red nail polish. The last resort for controlling these insects should be "painting" Vaseline, petroleum jelly, or oil around the nectar ports, taking care not to drip any into the nectar solution. This will make it difficult for the insects to land.

One of the most harmful problems, especially to our beloved hummers, is rapid nectar spoilage. Spoiled nectar can easily prevent hummingbirds from visiting your feeders in the future and can be harmful to the birds if they do sample it. Nectar will typically go bad within a week in most areas and within four days in very hot areas. In some cases, however, nectar will spoil even more quickly. By following some simple guidelines, you can maximize the nectar you serve. Keep the feeder out of full, direct sun and be sure to refrigerate the nectar supply while not in the feeder. Refrigerated nectar will last about two weeks. One of the best ways to reduce spoiling is by making your own nectar with boiling water. Mix 1 cup of sugar in 4 cups of boiling water. Not only will the boiling water make mixing the sugar easier, but it will also kill spores or bacteria that contribute to spoilage.

Some hummingbird feeders naturally drip. Blown glass or globe style hummingbird feeders will generally drip to some extent, so if you have a bee problem or do not like the dripping, convert to a bottle or saucer style feeder as these styles will not typically leak. There are some measures to reduce the dripping of a blown glass or globe style feeder. Always fill your feeder completely; these feeders work by vacuum principle. Leave as little or no air trapped inside the feeder with each filling. Avoid placing the feeder in the direct sunlight. The warming of the nectar will increase the dripping.

BestNest carries a full line of hummingbird feeders in a variety of styles as well as ant moats, spindles, and deterrents. Visit Hummingbird Feeders to view all our exciting hummingbird related items. For more personal assistance, please call one of our customer service representatives toll free at 877-562-1818 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.



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Aspects HummZinger Ultra w/ Nectar Guard, 12 oz.
ASP-367
Reg:  $21.99
Now: $16.99
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Audubon Cut Glass Hummingbird Feeder, 7 oz.
AUD-NAH8
Reg:  $29.99
Now: $27.99
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Anti-Ant Detourant
DET-AA
Now: $9.99
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Gardman Swirl Cylinder Hummingbird Feeder, Blue, 15 oz.
GAR-BA05713
Reg:  $13.99
Now: $12.99
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Heritage Farms Clear Hummingbird Nectar, 8 oz.
HF-5586
Reg:  $2.99
Now: $2.79
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Blossom Hummingbird Feeder w/ Hook, Aquamarine, 19.5 oz
PAR-BHAQ
Reg:  $47.99
Now: $39.99
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Perky Pet Four Fountain Hummingbird Feeder, 8 oz
PP-203-CP
Reg:  $14.99
Now: $11.99
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Perky Pet Grand Master Hummingbird Feeder, 48 oz
PP-220
Reg:  $21.99
Now: $18.99
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Stokes Hummingbird Book
STK-HBB
Now: $13.99
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