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July 09, 2013

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.

  • Hot Buys
  • New at the Nest
  • Clearance
  • Squirrel Proofing Your Feeder
Hot Buys
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 15th. Be sure to check out all of our exciting specials by visiting the Hot Buys department regularly.

Wing & A Prayer Plantation Bird House, Verdigris Roof
Reg: $239.99
Sale:$169.99 thru 7/15
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DRAMM ColorStorm Premium Rubber Hose, Yellow, 3/4", 75'
Reg: $179.99
Sale:$109.99 thru 7/15
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Dura-Trel Sunburst Planter Trellis with Lattice, White, 78"H
Reg: $239.99
Sale:$159.99 thru 7/15
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Felco Classic Hand Pruner, Small Hands, FELCO 6
Reg: $72.99
Sale:$49.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75

Gardman Premium Wild Bird Feeding Station Kit, Black, 7'6"
Reg: $64.99
Sale:$46.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75

Heath Le Grande Gazebo Combo
Reg: $161.99
Sale:$117.99 thru 7/15
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Little Giant F-Series Wet Rotor Pump, F50-5000, 5000 gph
Reg: $357.99
Sale:$219.99 thru 7/15
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Panacea Potting Bench with Soil Reservoir, Bronze
Reg: $199.99
Sale:$119.99 thru 7/15
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Pondmaster Pond-Mag 24 Pump, 2400 gph
Reg: $264.99
Sale:$179.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping

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.

Esschert Design Three Tier Garden Rack, Aged Metal, 52"H
Reg: $219.99
Now: $169.99
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Esschert Design Quarter Round Tiered Plant Rack, Aged Brown
Reg: $189.99
Now: $139.99
Free Shipping

Esschert Design Rectangular Tiered Plant Rack, Aged Brown
Reg: $199.99
Now: $149.99
Free Shipping

Esschert Design Bird Silhouette Boot Scraper
Reg: $13.99
Now: $11.49
Free Shipping Over $75

Esschert Design Glass Wasp Trap
Reg: $12.99
Now: $10.49
Free Shipping Over $75

Esschert Design Cast Iron Standing Bird Bath, Antique Brown
Reg: $42.99
Now: $34.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Esschert Design Bird Strike Black Warning Decals
Reg: $3.99
Now: $3.19
Free Shipping Over $75

Esschert Design Bird Nest Roosting Pocket, Coco Fiber
Reg: $13.99
Now: $9.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Esschert Design Solitary Bee House
Reg: $15.99
Now: $12.99
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.

Crystal Pond Professional Skimmer
Reg: $249.99
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BirdBrain Demetria Firepot, Cream Tuscan
Reg: $44.99
Free Shipping Over $75

CobraCo Brick Finish Square Fire Pit w/ Screen & Cover, 33"L
Reg: $349.99
Free Shipping

DRAMM ColorStorm Impulse Sprinkler, Yellow
Reg: $29.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Gamma Plastics Vittles Vault 15, Granite, 4.7 gal
Reg: $29.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Heath Thistle Seed Tube Bird Feeder Combo
Reg: $24.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Panacea Mini Arch Trellis, Green, 14"H
Reg: $3.49
Free Shipping Over $75

Rome Pioneer Camp Grill
Reg: $13.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Victor Fly Magnet Disposable Bag Trap & Bait
Reg: $8.99
Free Shipping Over $75

Squirrel Proofing Your Feeder
Stop letting squirrels outsmart us. When we birders are asked about the most challenging aspect of feeding our backyard birds, our answer is almost always squirrels. These acrobatic rodents are opportunistic feeders, and have quickly learned that bird seed can make a delicious and easy to access meal. Deterring these critters, while still inviting birds to dine, can be a lasting challenge. However, through proper placement of your feeders, use of baffles, and perhaps some other tactics, squirrels can be discouraged from using your bird feeders as their own buffet.

One of the best things to remember in our struggle to deter squirrels is the adage that “if the squirrels can't reach the feeder, they can't reach the food.” This means that excluding these animals from the feeding area should be your first line of defense. A great place to start is through proper feeder placement. Look for a site that is at least 10’ away from any building overhangs, decks, or tree branches. Squirrels can easily jump this distance to reach seed, but are usually not comfortable with distances further than this. Not all birders have this kind of open area for placing a feeder, but a bit of rearranging or tree trimming can help create a squirrel excluding environment. Since squirrels are such amazing jumpers, you’ll want to mount or hang your feeder at least 6’ above the ground to help prevent them from reaching it from the ground.

We’re not done squirrel proofing yet, we still have to keep the squirrels from climbing up the pole or down the hanger. Adding a squirrel baffle to your pole or hanger is the best way to create a physical barrier between your bird feeder and the squirrels. Squirrel baffles, most often either a cone or disc shape, are made to either hang above a feeder, or attach to a pole or post below one. They all function in much the same way, forming a large enough barrier for the marauding animal that they cannot climb around. Most often, baffles are made from either metal or plastic, and are offered in an array of sizes and colors for those of us concerned with appearance as well as function. When pole mounting, be sure to place the baffle high enough that the squirrel cannot jump past it. Hanging baffles suspend above feeders, and usually have dual hooks to accommodate it. With proper placement and use of a baffle, there is no reason that any feeder can’t be a squirrel proof design.

Even for the most dedicated birders, our situation may preclude the use of proper placement and a baffle for our feeder. If your yard cannot accommodate keeping the feeder out of reach, you may need to add to your repertoire or alter your tactics. Making the seed unpleasant for them can be an effective and lasting deterrent. Bird seed can be treated with a capsaicin based product, which is the chemical found in peppers that makes them taste hot to mammals. Birds do not have the taste receptors for this, and so it does not affect them. Squirrels, raccoons, and deer will certainly feel it. Mixing dried pepper into your bird seed, or treating it with a ready made product, can make pilfering seed an unpleasant experience, and the animals will learn not to eat the seed. Another option would be to look at squirrel resistant feeder designs, such as a weight sensitive or caged unit. Though most of these items are found to be more squirrel resistant than squirrel proof, they can provide enough resistance that the squirrels are no longer eating at their leisure . Many birders have also found that using a combination of tactics, such as using a caged feeder with treated seed, will succeed where singular measures have failed.

Feeding birds while deterring squirrels has become an all too familiar battle, waged in backyards everywhere. However, with the right feeder placement, a baffle, and some added defenses, you can get the better of those wily squirrels. BestNest carries a wide selection of Bird Feeders Squirrel Baffles and Mounting Accessories to help you meet your needs. Look through the selections below or for more personal assistance, feel free to contact 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.

Achla Victorian Gazebo Bird Feeder
Reg: $74.99
Sale:$47.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75

Prime Retreat Heavy-Duty Two-Piece Shepherd's Hook, 7'2"H
Reg: $54.99
Sale:$39.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75

Dura-Trel Heavy Duty Deluxe Hanging Post, White, 8' 3"
Reg: $139.99
Sale:$92.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping

Droll Yankees Big Top Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, Green
Reg: $94.99
Sale:$52.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75

Droll Yankees Sky Hook, Gray, 52"
Reg: $21.99
Sale:$14.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75

Stokes Squirrel Baffle, Green, 18" dia.
Reg: $29.99
Sale:$21.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75

Vari-Crafts Caged Avian Mixed Seed Bird Feeder, 2.375 gal.
Reg: $129.99
Sale:$92.99 thru 7/15
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Woodlink Post Mount Squirrel Baffle, Green, 22" dia.
Reg: $67.99
Sale:$52.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75

Woodlink Hooks 'n More Weather Guard & Baffle, Green, 22"
Reg: $29.99
Sale:$20.99 thru 7/15
Free Shipping Over $75