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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
  • Current Clearance Items
  • Bird Profile: Wrens
  • 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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Brome Squirrel Buster Plus Bird Feeding Package
BN-1024-KIT
Now: $89.95




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Brome Squirrel Buster Plus Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
BRM-1024
Reg: $64.95
Sale: $62.95



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Cal Pump Complete Submersible EggLite & Transformer, 20 Watt
CAP-LCE-20W
Now: $59.99



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Cal Pump Complete Wet or Dry Three EggLite Kit , 10 Watt
CAP-LEK3-10W
Now: $129.99



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Cal Pump Extra Complete Submersible EggLite, 20 Watt
CAP-LXE-20W
Now: $49.99



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Ultralast Winchester Wall Trellis, 91.5"
UAC-VA54228
Now: $319.95



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Ultralast Nantucket II Arbor, 99.25"
UAC-VA74228
Now: $359.95



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Ultralast Cottage Corner Picket Fence
UAC-VA74538
Now: $339.00



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Ultralast Nantucket Wall Trellis, 86"
UAC-VA84238
Now: $189.95


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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Perky Pet Crystal Blossom Hummingbird Feeder, 3 oz
PP-270
Reg: $20.99
Sale: $16.95



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Perky Pet Festival Wild Bird Feeder
PP-312
Reg: $30.99
Sale: $24.95



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Perky Pet Copper Wild Bird Feeder
PP-313
Reg: $33.99
Sale: $24.95



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Perky Pet Festival Thistle Seed Bird Feeder
PP-314
Reg: $30.99
Sale: $24.95



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Perky Pet Songtree Wild Bird Feeder
PP-390
Reg: $24.99
Sale: $18.95



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Perky Pet Songtree Thistle Seed Bird Feeder
PP-391
Reg: $22.99
Sale: $18.95



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Hook-It-All
PP-69
Reg: $9.99
Sale: $8.95



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In-Ground Pinnacle Bubbler
WAN-00015
Reg: $174.95
Sale: $124.95



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Ripple Cascade
WAN-00042
Reg: $199.95
Now: $174.95


Bird Profile: Wrens
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!

September 2004: Wrens

Wrens are one of the most commonly seen birds in backyards throughout North America. Easily identified by their small size, brown coloring, and slender bills, wrens are very active and territorial. What makes the wren so special? Let's take a look:

There are nine types of wrens in North America: Sedge, Marsh, House, Winter, Carolina, Bewick's, Rock, Canyon, and Cactus. Together they cover nearly all of North America in their range. All species tend to migrate during the year, but the degree of migration varies greatly between birds. Wrens are typically solitary birds outside of their breeding season, so even wrens of the same species may have distinctly different migration patterns. Because of this, some people are fortunate enough to see wrens year round in their backyard.

The eastern half of North America will see House, Winter, and Carolina wrens. Occasionally, the warmer areas of the east will see Marsh and Sedge Wrens. The western half of North America is home to Bewick's, Rock, Canyon, Cactus, Marsh, and Sedge wrens. Also, it is not unusual to see some overlapping of species; harsh winters and summers can force some birds to areas outside of their normal range. All wrens have a brownish coloring; however, you will notice that each species has its own unique streaks and spots that allow it to blend in with its geographical surroundings. Both the males and females look alike, so the only consistent way to identify the sex of the bird is to closely watch its behavior.

One peculiar trait of wrens is their ability (and choice) to build their nests in some fairly unusual places, including discarded cans, pockets of clothing hung outdoors, hats, boots, flower pots and drainpipes. Nest building is an important part of the mating process of wrens. Males will have a small territory where they will build several partially constructed "dummy" nests that they will actively protect until a female choses one. After deciding upon a nest, the female will finish the nest construction and eventually lay eggs in it. Though nesting materials vary from region to region, there are many similarities between the nests of the different species. The base will be a firm mixture of twigs or roots, leaves, and grasses. The inside will be lined with softer materials, including grasses, feathers, and even bits of cloth. Wrens are cavity nesters and will readily use man-made wren houses. In fact, House wrens received their name from their affinity toward building nests either on or near human housing. Adding one or more wrens houses to your backyard is sure to generate interest from wrens in your area.

The diet of a wren is primarily comprised of insects and spiders, though many will eat berries, suet, and occasionally seed. If you are interested in feeding wrens, a combination of a suet feeder and a fruit feeder will often be the best option. It is also important to provide a fresh source of water for wrens. Adding a bird bath is a great way to attract wrens to your backyard. An added bonus for attracting wrens is a reduction in the insect population. Gardeners will appreciate the wren's appetite for insects that are harmful to their plants.

If you are in need of a wren house, suet or fruit feeder, we have a wide selection available at www.bestnest.com. We also offer suet and several informative books, such as the Stokes' Guide to Bird Behavior Volume 1. If you would like more personal assistance, please email us at customerservice@bestnest.com or call 877-369-5446.



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Droll Yankees Single Suet Cake Feeder
DY-SF-S
Now: $4.99




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Ento Bird House Kit
ENT-WK003
Now: $15.99



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




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Heartwood Cape Cod Wren House, Smoke Grey
HW-039A
Reg: $45.95
Now: $39.95



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Pine Tree Farms Insect Suet Cake, 12 oz.
PTF-1470
Now: $2.95




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#14 Birdbath & Pedestal, Mediterranean Blue
RRP-01417-27
Now: $89.95




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Rubicon Suet Feeder with Tail Prop, Hunter Green & Driftwood
RUB-SF100HD
Now: $17.95




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Rubicon Wren House, Hunter Green
RUB-WH100IH
Now: $22.95



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Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior, Volume I
STK-GTBB-1
Now: $14.95


The BestNest.com Giveaway Winner is Douglas Toland!
CONGRATULATIONS to Douglas Toland who just won a new Heartwood New Chick Chickadee House, Redwood! 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
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