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BestNest.com Newsletter
November 30, 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.

  • New at the Nest
  • Sales & Specials
  • Clearance
  • Identifying Birds
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.

AcuRite Thermometer with Humidity Gauge
Reg: †$6.99
Now: $5.49
Free Shipping Over $75

AcuRite Rotating Suction Cup Window Thermometer
Reg: †$12.99
Now: $10.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Chaney Fleur De Lis Wall Clock, Antique Black, 16" dia.
Reg: †$39.99
Now: $32.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Chaney Oval Wood Wall Clock, Cherry, 11.5"H
Reg: †$29.99
Now: $21.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Chaney Wireless Weather Forecaster with Atomic Clock
Reg: †$54.99
Now: $44.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Pondmaster Cover-Care Automatic Pool Cover Pump, 360 gph
Reg: †$249.99
Now: $199.99
Free Shipping

Pondmaster Mainstream Utility Sump Pump, 6MSP, 1400 gph
Reg: †$149.99
Now: $109.99
Free Shipping

Pondmaster High-Head Waterfall Pump, 1400 gph
Reg: †$269.99
Now: $234.99
Free Shipping

Pondmaster High-Head Waterfall Pump, 6600 gph
Reg: †$389.99
Now: $329.99
Free Shipping

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, December 6th. Be sure to check out all of our exciting specials by visiting the Hot Buys department regularly.

Wing & A Prayer Plantation Bird House, Hammered Copper Roof
Reg: †$234.99
Sale:$179.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping

AcuRite Galileo Thermometer, 17.5"
Reg: †$27.99
Sale:$20.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping Over $75

Coveside Wood Duck House
Reg: †$69.99
Sale:$59.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping Over $75

Gardman Rose Garden Arch
Reg: †$52.99
Sale:$42.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping Over $75

Heath Le Grande Gazebo Bird Feeder
Reg: †$109.99
Sale:$89.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping

Home Bazaar Novelty Cottage Bird House
Reg: †$64.99
Sale:$47.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping Over $75

Heartwood Songbird Suite, Olive Green
Reg: †$169.99
Sale:$139.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping

Panacea Baker's Rack Plant Stand, Bronze, 75"H
Reg: †$289.99
Sale:$209.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping

Perky Pet Tall Tulip Garden Lantern Bird Feeder, Green
Reg: †$32.99
Sale:$24.99 thru 12/6
Free Shipping Over $75

A few of our deeply discounted items appear below. These items feature exceptional savings and value but are not all of our sale items. More discounted items may be found in their corresponding departments. Be sure to check out some of our other exciting deals by visiting the Clearance department regularly.

Audubon Bird of Paradise Lantern Bird Feeder
Reg: †$59.99
Free Shipping Over $75

BirdBrain Giant Stained Glass Wind Flapper, Blue Jay
Reg: †$119.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Bonide Brush Killer BK-32, RTU, 1 gal
Reg: †$23.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Cal Pump Three Tier Fleur De Lis Fountain Head
Reg: †$9.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Cal Pump Mini EggLites w/ Transformer, White LED, 2-pack
Reg: †$54.99
Free Shipping Over $75

CobraCo Basic Leaf Corner Deck Planter, Black
Reg: †$13.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Gardman Rustic Rattan Hanging Basket with Holes, 14" dia.
Reg: †$18.99
Free Shipping Over $75

La Crosse Wireless Forecast Station
Reg: †$64.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Artificial Bubbler Rock, Small, Fieldstone
Reg: †$229.99
Free Shipping

Identifying Birds
While the end of the year ushers in cooler weather, you may begin to focus on warm, indoor activities. However, the winter is a fantastic time to start practicing your bird identification skills. With fewer leaves obscuring view and fewer congregating places for birds, the winter offers great chances to identify your birds. Learn some of the mechanics of watching and identifying them, and delight in bird watching as a hobby.

For beginners, find an area where birds tend to gather. This will allow you see more birds in less time and get a lot more practice. You may wish to create a congregating area by placing a bird bath, feeder, or roosts in your outdoor space. If you donít have an outdoor space of your own, you can even use a window feeder or house, so you can watch them from the comfort of your home. For a change of scenery, visit a nature preserve or bird sanctuary regularly to start honing your skills. Once you begin observing the characteristics of birds, you can easily transition into identifying them.

Most bird watchers will need to carry a bird identification guide to get them started or use as a reference tool. Become familiar with the different bird groups such as wrens, chickadees, sparrows, woodpeckers, grosbeaks, etc.; as identification books typically will categorize birds by family. Some facets to note are the bird's behaviors and activities, such as diet, location, courtship, calls, and nesting. These can all help pinpoint your birdís family or even species. Once you can loosely identify a birdís family, characteristic markings on the head, tail, and wings of the avian will aid in positively identifying it. Always try to remember the most noticeable thing about the bird, which is usually what first drew your attention to it. These characteristics will help you to cross reference the birding guide and positively identify your bird.

An often overlooked part of identifying birds is paying attention to their range. Many birds have similar markings, and one may be confused with another. For example, if you believe you see a cactus wren in your yard, but live north of Kansas, you may want to check the bird again, as these avians live only in the southern part of the country. However, migration routes are also keys to identifying these animals properly. Many birds fly south during the winter, and may be seen in your area for a short time. While not native to your location, they may be a common sight each year during their migration.

Become a better bird watcher by joining a group or even an online bird reporting program. For area-specific birding information, you may wish to join a local ornithological society, or speak to your local wildlife managers. Field guides and journals also offer updated information to cross reference your data and help refine your skills. Many parks, preserves, and even local birding shops offer bird watching courses, and may even have field trips for hands on experience.

Begin a new hobby or practice your existing hobby this winter by learning how to properly identify birds. By noting their family and distinguishing characteristics as well as their range, you can start to easily recognize your feathered friends. BestNest carries a wealth of birding tools such as software, journals, books, and field guides for all your birding needs. Be sure to visit our Wild Birds department for even more avian options. For more personal service, 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.

Allied Precision Deck Mounted Heated Bird Bath, 20"
Reg: †$62.99
Now: $59.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Wing & A Prayer Carriage Bird House, Hammered Copper Roof
Reg: †$179.99
Now: $154.99
Free Shipping

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
Now: $19.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Brome Squirrel Buster Plus Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Reg: †$89.99
Now: $62.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Droll Yankees Jagunda Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder with Auger
Reg: †$144.99
Now: $129.99
Free Shipping

Birdsong Identiflyer Scanning Wand with Book
Reg: †$109.99
Now: $99.99
Free Shipping

Double Sided Absolute II Bird Feeder w/Pole and Hanger
Reg: †$89.99
Now: $72.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Birds
Now: $23.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Rubicon Suet Feeder with Tail Prop
Reg: †$16.99
Now: $12.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Window Bird Feeding Package
Reg: †$34.97
Now: $29.99
Free Shipping Over $75

BestNest Seasonal Bluebird House
Reg: †$42.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Coveside Panoramic In-House Bird Feeder with Mirrored Back
Reg: †$129.99
Now: $119.99
Free Shipping