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BestNest.com Newsletter
November 7, 2006

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
  • Selective Bird Feeding
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, November 20th.


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Allied Precision Heated Pet Mat, Small, 19" x 13"
API-98P-S
Reg: $66.99
Sale: $49.99 thru 11/20 EST



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AcuRite Programmable Digital Meat Thermometer
CIC-00667
Reg: $34.99
Sale: $29.99 thru 11/20 EST



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AcuRite Galileo Thermometer, 13"
CIC-00745
Reg: $22.99
Sale: $18.99 thru 11/20 EST




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Microbe Lift Autumn / Winter Prep, 1 Gallon
ECL-AUTPREPGK
Reg: $99.99
Sale: $64.99 thru 11/20 EST




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Gardman Pop-Up Garden Barrel, 18"
GAR-R622
Reg: $19.99
Sale: $16.99 thru 11/20 EST




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La Crosse Wireless Weather Station with Wind Meter
LCT-WS-9035U
Reg: $159.95
Sale: $74.99 thru 11/20 EST




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La Crosse Atomic Clock with Temperature & Hygrometer, 18"
LCT-WT-3181-BZ
Reg: $89.95
Sale: $54.99 thru 11/20 EST




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Little Giant Rain Sentry Pool Cover Pump, 500-APCP, 470 gph
LIG-519575
Reg: $119.99
Sale: $114.99 thru 11/20 EST



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Audubon Equinox Binocular HP, 10x42
SHW-1042HP
Reg: $259.99
Sale: $199.99 thru 11/20 EST


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 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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AcuRite Professional Oven Thermometer
CIC-00651
Reg: $7.49
Now: $6.99




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AcuRite Sure Grip Instant Read Probe Thermometer, 5.25"
CIC-00663
Reg: $13.49
Now: $12.99




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CobraCo Cast Iron Fire Bowl w/ Screen & Cover, 30" dia.
COB-FB-6132
Now: $129.99





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CobraCo Copper "Moon & Stars" Fire Pit w/Screen & Cover, 32"
COB-FB-6300
Now: $299.99




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CobraCo Evening Sky Fire Ring, 36" dia.
COB-FR-STAR-369
Now: $49.99




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CobraCo Embossed Hose Holder Urn, Bronze, 16.75" dia.
COB-HHE-IRN
Now: $89.99




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CobraCo Adjustable Horse Trough Bronze Planter, 24"
COB-HT-101-BZ
Now: $29.99




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CobraCo Decorative Star Sq. Plant Stand, Antique Grn, 21.5"
COB-S-5572-AG
Now: $39.99




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Panacea Three Panel Tree of Life Firescreen, Brushed Bronze
PAP-15933
Now: $64.99




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Panacea Scroll Fireplace Tool Set, 5 Piece, Brushed Bronze
PAP-15916
Now: $49.99




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Whitehall Fleur-de-lis Hose Holder, Black
WHP-00950
Now: $42.99





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White Mountain Of Myth & Magic Wolf Puzzle, 1000 pieces
WMP-159
Now: $12.99




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White Mountain Christmas Glow Lighthouse Puzzle, 550 pieces
WMP-312
Now: $9.99




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White Mountain Night Before Christmas Puzzle, 1000 pieces
WMP-315
Now: $12.99




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White Mountain Winter Merriment Puzzle, 550 pieces
WMP-316
Now: $9.99




Selective Bird Feeding
Bird enthusiasts everywhere enjoy the rewards of bird feeding. Many of us, though, have struggled with the difficult task of choosing which birds we feed. Whether you're concerned about the cost of feeding too many birds or you simply like to watch some more than others, you've undoubtedly considered ways to reduce the number or type of birds that you feed. The birding industry has solutions to help with this tricky, often frustrating task.

One of the easiest and simplest methods of "weeding out" the birds that visit our feeders is through exclusion, or physically preventing certain birds from feeding. Caged bird feeders work to provide a safe haven for small birds while preventing larger birds from feeding. The cage surrounding the feeder features holes just large enough for smaller birds to pass through, but restricts the larger birds. Depending upon the size of the mesh, this type of feeder prevents birds such as crows, blackbirds, mockingbirds, and jays from accessing seed. Unfortunately, caged feeders do restrict some larger birds that people find desirable such as cardinals. Other specialty bird feeders work by selecting only a certain group of birds or type of feed to limit the number of visitors. Upside down feeders only allow certain clinging birds like woodpeckers and finches to access the food. The size of the entrance hole on a mealworm feeder dictates what birds may enter it. Other specialty feeders include suet, fruit, nectar, and thistle feeders that all work to limit birds using specific foods.

Offer certain species-specific feed to discourage particular types of bird. If you love songbirds but dislike grackles and blackbirds, begin filling your tube feeders with safflower seed. Most grackles and "pest birds" will not choose safflower over other more readily available food and will stop visiting your feeder. Cardinals are not usually affected by the switch and will continue to visit. Suet is a great alternative to seed, and by using different flavors, you can select for smaller groups of birds. Robins and waxwings will not frequent traditional feeders, but will gladly accept mealworms on a platform feeder. Although you will be more likely to see robins and waxwings, you will also see many unwanted birds visiting a platform feeder. Nectar feeders will attract hummingbirds and orioles into the yard, while fruit feeders draw orioles and woodpeckers.

Set up multiple feeding zones in your yard if you wish to attract a variety of birds but still feed selectively. Hang or post specialty feeders or different types of feed in separate areas to create independent feeding zones. Each zone will draw its own types of birds so that you may view a myriad of birds with limited competition. Add log and wire suet feeders to your tree or feeder post in one section, and place tube feeders in another area. Fill the tube feeder with safflower, and add a caged feeder nearby. Place a mealworm feeder in a third location, followed by a thistle feeder without perches for clinging birds. Finish the zones by adding a water source in each section. Use any combination of feeders and baths to create an active, dynamic birding sanctuary with the widest variety of birds.

By using specific feeders, different types of feed, and utilizing different sections of your yard, you can easily begin selective bird feeding. BestNest carries a complete line of bird feeders and feed, for all your selective bird feeding needs. Please visit our Wild Bird Department to view our exciting products. For more personal assistance, call our customer service line toll free at 877-562-1818 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.


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Audubon Coppertop Gazebo Bird Feeder
AUD-NACOPGAZEBO
Reg: $219.99
Now: $199.99



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Safflower Seed, 5 lbs
BN-SAF-05
Now: $7.29




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Duncraft Royal Masterpiece Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
DUN-19624
Reg: $124.99
Now: $109.99




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Heath Natural Pure Suet, 10 oz.
HMC-DD-10
Now: $2.99



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Live Mealworms - 2,000 count
NAW-LM-02K
Now: $19.99




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Opus Garden Ballet Hummingbird Feeder Mobile, 30 oz
OP-26004
Reg: $39.99
Now: $24.99



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Rubicon Deluxe Fruit & Jelly Bird Feeder, Green & Driftwood
RUB-DFR100HD
Now: $37.99



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Rubicon Mealworm Bird Feeder, Green & Driftwood
RUB-MWF100HD
Now: $44.99




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Rubicon Small Upside-Down Suet Feeder
RUB-SUDF100
Now: $16.99




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