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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: Blue Jay
  • 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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Country Nests Lighthouse Bird House
CN-20001
Now: $88.95



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Savio Compact Skimmerfilter Base Unit
SAV-CS0000
Now: $239.95



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Savio Livingponds Versatile Biological Filter
SAV-F200
Now: $384.95



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Whitehall Sun and Moon Sundial, Verdigris
WHP-00507
Now: $65.95



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Whitehall Sun Clock Sundial, Weathered Bronze
WHP-00529
Now: $65.95



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Whitehall Dragonfly Sundial, Verdigris
WHP-00694
Now: $53.95



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Whitehall Chickadee Twilight Lantern, Verdigris
WHP-30336
Now: $29.95



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Whitehall Daffodil Twilight Lantern, French Bronze
WHP-30337
Now: $29.95



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Whitehall Pinecone Twilight Lantern, Pewter Silver
WHP-30341
Now: $29.95


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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Heartwood Bluebird Cottage, Blue
HW-003D
Reg: $119.95
Sale: $79.95



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Heartwood Salty Bird Box, Putty
HW-014A
Reg: $93.95
Sale: $69.95



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Heartwood Country Nester
HW-018
Reg: $65.95
Sale: $49.95



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Heartwood Butterfly Supreme
HW-023
Reg: $209.95
Sale: $149.95



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Heartwood Swiss Chalet, White
HW-026C
Reg: $109.95
Sale: $74.95



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Heartwood Mahogany Manor, Browned Copper Roof
HW-049B
Reg: $209.95
Sale: $149.95



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Heartwood Ledge Lodge
HW-052A
Reg: $43.95
Sale: $34.95



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Heartwood French Country Farmhouse, White w/ Verdigris Roof
HW-056C
Reg: $275.95
Sale: $184.95



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Heartwood Butterfly Gazebo, Mahogany
HW-079A
Reg: $119.95
Sale: $79.95


Bird Profile: Blue Jay
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!

November 2004: Blue Jay

Because of their aggressive nature, some birders dread the site of Blue Jays at their backyard feeders. Known for destroying the eggs and nestlings of other birds, Blue Jays are often seen as a threat to other songbirds. Regardless of their troubled reputation, Blue Jays are one of the most beautiful birds that you can see in your backyard. What makes Blue Jays so special? Let’s take a look:

Blue Jays are a very common sight east of the Rocky Mountains from Texas to Southern Canada. Their unique blue, white, and black plumage is some of the most recognizable in the bird world. Blue Jays typically stay in the same area throughout the year, though some have been observed migrating south in the fall and north in the spring. It has been noted that Blue Jays that migrate are often first year birds, rather than mature adults. They have 1-2 broods during the year, consisting of 4-5 eggs. The male and female Blue Jays are nearly identical in their appearance and difficult to tell apart, due in part to their similar look and behavior.

Blue Jays are extremely vocal, often using their “jaay-call”, as well as a number of other sounds. Blue Jays are also able to imitate hawk calls, which they may use to scatter other songbirds. Blue Jays build their nests and will not use man-made housing. They prefer to build their nests in coniferous trees at heights ranging from 8 to 20 feet off the ground. Nests are built using twigs, bark, leaves, and are lined with finer materials.

Though a Blue Jay will destroy and eat eggs and nestlings of other birds, those two things only make up a small part of its diet. They most consume nuts, seeds, insects, and fruits, and are particularly fond of acorns, beechnuts, and black oil sunflower seeds. Their insect diet is comprised of grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars. Blue Jays are very resourceful when it comes to food gathering, and will eagerly feed at backyard feeding stations. To attract Blue Jays, you can use a variety of different seed feeders. Blue Jays will use tube, platform, tray, and hopper feeders, and will eat mixed seeds as well as cracked corn.

If would like to attract Blue Jays to your backyard, BestNest.com has a wide selection of products to meet your needs. We offer one of the largest selections of bird feeders, seed, and carry several informative books, such as the Stokes' Guide to Bird Behavior Volume 1 and their Eastern Region Field Guide to Birds at www.bestnest.com. If you would like more personal assistance, please email us at customerservice@bestnest.com or call 877-369-5446.


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Audubon 3-in-1 Platform Bird Feeder
AUD-NAPLAT2
Now: $27.95




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Black Oil Sunflower Seed, 5 lbs
BN-BOS-05
Now: $2.95




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Heritage Farms Bird's Choice Squirrel Proof Feeder
HF-7511
Reg: $37.95
Sale: $34.95



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Opus Top Flight Titanium Series Triple Tube Bird Feeder
OP-5503
Now: $44.99



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Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region
STK-FGER
Now: $17.95



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


The BestNest.com Giveaway Winner is Sandra Crump!
CONGRATULATIONS to Sandra Crump who just won a new Heartwood New Chick Chickadee House, Green! 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, Redwood
Now: $39.99

Free Merchandise to be Awarded Every Issue
As a subscriber to the BestNest.com Newsletter, you will be automatically entered into our drawing for free BestNest.com merchandise. Every issue, we will announce a new winner in our newsletter. The winner will be announced by First and Last name and must claim the prize within 30 days of notification. For more information about our giveaway, please visit http://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/bnmail.asp .