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June 28, 2011

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  • Sales & Specials
  • Clearance
  • All About Screech Owls
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, July 4th. We are excited to offer these Made in the USA items for this holiday weekend. Be sure to check out all of our exciting specials by visiting the Hot Buys department regularly.

Arundale Mandarin Sky Cafe Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Reg:  $67.99
Sale:$52.99 thru 7/4
Free Shipping Over $75

Arboria Hampton Cedar Landscape Screen, 65"H, Tan, set of 3
Reg:  $509.99
Sale:$389.99 thru 7/4
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Wing & A Prayer Chateau House, Hammered Copper Roof
Reg:  $294.99
Sale:$244.99 thru 7/4
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Dura-Trel Greenfield Potting Bench, Mocha
Reg:  $239.99
Sale:$179.99 thru 7/4
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Heath Deluxe United States Flag Kit
Reg:  $42.99
Sale:$32.99 thru 7/4
Free Shipping Over $75

Heartwood Songbird Suite, Olive Green
Reg:  $174.99
Sale:$147.99 thru 7/4
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Trio Purple Martin Pioneer House, 12 Room
Reg:  $142.99
Sale:$132.99 thru 7/4
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Pondmaster Pond-Mag 24 Pump, 2400 gph
Reg:  $264.99
Sale:$199.99 thru 7/4
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Woodlink Recycled Plastic Premier Hopper Bird Feeder
Reg:  $109.99
Sale:$92.99 thru 7/4
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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.

Anthony Stoneware "Bird in Flight" Hanging House, Ryl Blue
Reg:  $57.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Wing & A Prayer Purple Martin Manse, Hammered Copper Roof
Reg:  $699.99

Duraco Fiberglass Planter, Dark Roja, 12" dia.
Reg:  $39.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Droll Yankees American Thistle Tube Feeder, 15"
Reg:  $27.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Gilmour Compound Action Hedge Shear, 22"
Reg:  $37.99
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Green Esteem Belle Fleur Plant Stand, Green, 21"
Reg:  $34.99
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Mayne Bradford Mailbox Post, White
Reg:  $69.99
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Tweber Pinning Case
Reg:  $24.99
Free Shipping Over $75

White Mountain Lighthouse Haven Puzzle, 1000 pieces
Reg:  $12.99
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All About Screech Owls
The silent flight and unrivaled hunting skills of owls have enthralled humans for centuries, making them a symbol of steadfastness and wisdom. This is especially poignant for eastern and western screech owls, prominent throughout the United States, Mexico, and parts of Canada. Not only do these birds act as a natural pest control, they will also often nest near human activity, adding to their allure and mystique.

Both eastern and western screech owls, recently defined as two separate species, measure about 9" tall and have bright yellow eyes. They range in color from brown to gray, rust, and red, although the red color is quite rare in the western species. Females tend to be larger than the males, and all have ear tufts which can be hidden. One way to differentiate between the two species is by the beaks, in that the eastern owls have a yellow one, while western owls have a darker beak. The more definitive way to tell them apart is by calls. While their name would seem to indicate a screeching sound, these raptors actually have a variety of sounds. The western owls use a series of whistles in a low pitch to communicate, while the eastern species has both whinnies and trills.

These exciting raptors inhabit forests, parks, wetlands, and other wooded areas, including urban and suburban locations. The eastern species range from Maine to Texas, as well as into Mexico, while the western owls dwell from Arizona to California, and even into British Columbia in Canada. As opportunistic hunters, they prey on virtually any food source, most often insects and rodents. Their large, sensitive eyes and ears, combined with their virtually soundless flight, make screech owls superb night hunters. They usually hunt from dusk until dawn, often frequenting the same areas where they have been successful in the past. Most screech owls wait for prey in branches or on perches, and then swoop down to catch it. This aids in diminishing the rodent population, and can act as a chemical-free pest control method in your area.

Both eastern and western screech owls nest in cavities for breeding and caring for their young, although are unable to excavate their own holes. The will often use an abandoned woodpecker hole, although this can be a bit of a challenge with habitat loss. Screech owls readily use manmade nest boxes when placed 8' to 30' high on a tree, post, or building. Their slightly larger bodies require an entry hole from 2.5" to 4" in diameter, and homes up to 18" tall. If placing an owl house, situate it near the forest edge or within a tree, for convenient access to hunting areas, and try to direct the home away from bright lights. Maintain your owl house regularly. If placed properly, breeding pairs have been known to use the same roosting spot for over 7 years.

Screech owls have been captivating humans for centuries, becoming a symbol of patience and resourcefulness. Their hunting practices benefit humans by acting as pest control, and their use of manmade nest boxes allows us to appreciate them fully. A number of our screech owl related items appear below. For more personal assistance, please call one of our customer service representatives toll free at 877-562-1818 or internationally at 513-232-4225 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

BestNest Premium Screech Owl / Kestrel House
Reg:  $54.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Coveside Saw-Whet, Screech Owl, & Kestrel House
Reg:  $47.99
Now: $42.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Coveside Kestrel & Screech Owl House
Reg:  $47.99
Now: $42.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Heartwood Joy Box Screech Owl & Kestrel House
Reg:  $57.99
Now: $52.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Birding Software: Guide to Birds of North America, Version 4
Reg:  $72.99
Now: $67.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Woodlink Screech Owl & Kestrel House
Reg:  $77.99
Now: $72.99
Free Shipping Over $75