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This is a book filled with secrets about watering you pets and wildlife friends during the summer and the winter. Keep in mind that animals drink only once or twice a day often at the same time as humans and you may want to water them twice rather than once. At any rate this book tells you a lot of tricks to make the water fresh all day.

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Give outdoor animals the same loving daily fresh water your indoor pets receive.

The Solar Sipper is a delightful summer and winter portable watering device for wild birds, pets and wildlife. Its traditional common sense origin comes from large water tanks painted with black tops developed by prairie livestock ranchers in the Old West to use sunlight to keep drinking water from freezing too soon in blizzard weather.


In today’s environmentally conscious world, it’s a responsible outdoor water station because it is designed to work in daytime when most animals like to drink. It’s designed to work to a temperature healthy for animals, about 20 degrees F, using sunlight not electricity from fossil fuels.


To use, fill with clean water in morning and place outside in sunlight sheltered from wind in time for animal daylight drinking. Works in all seasons and in winter the unique patented passive solar top design keeps pet or wildlife drinking for most daylight hours ice free down to wind free ambient air temperature of about 20 degree F. Safe, no electricity to shock. It’s common sense. You can fill your Solar Sipper with clean water at the same time as you prepare your daily indoor pet water.


The Solar Sipper works better than any open water bowl or birdbath where animals may bathe. Its top design helps to keep inside water from droppings and trash. It’s portable with no wire to chew. Check out test results for performance video in winter storms. Google at solar sipper tests 21415.


Another innovative product from Happy Bird Corporation, home of Thomas Hollyday Chesapeake fiction, useful nature books and environmental safe drinking water products for animals, and blogs on water resources for animals. Write our president  Tom Hollyday at


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Slave Graves

Just when he’s settling into his cushy job as the youngest head of a university archeology department, with a new book in the works, and a sophisticated girlfriend, Frank Light is sent to a backwater town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to assess a construction site belonging to rich industrialist and TV personality, Jake Tement as a favor to the university president.

Upset that his comfortable routine has been upended, Frank hopes to check the site, decide it’s of no historical importance, and get on with his life. But, things come unglued when he learns that the site is quite possibly a slave burial ground. With the help of Maggie Davis, one of his former students who is now a state archeologist, and Jefferson Allingham, a local preacher who is certain of the historical importance of the site, Frank finds himself at a crucial point in his life; should he just sign off on the site as Tement wants, or should he seek the truth.

Slave Graves by Thomas Hollyday is a tense drama, with the rich history of rural eastern Maryland woven seamlessly into a story that has more than enough action. I was particularly impressed with the way the author used Frank’s experiences in the Vietnam War to move the story forward to a most satisfying conclusion.

For readers who are interested in some of the lesser known aspects of American history, this book is a gold mine of information, from the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, to the little known southern sympathies held by many rural Marylanders during the Civil War. The action is built, step by careful step ending in a dramatic, but satisfying conclusion. History and mystery, when well written as this book is, are a sure-fire good read.

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Happy Bird DLXSS Deluxe Wild Bird Solar Sipper

Review posted by Asukale


Great Bird Sipper for 20 Degrees and Above

I love this bird sipper, I do bring it in at night though if it is going to get below 20 degrees to be on the safe side. The instructions said it won’t damage it if I don’t, but the birds don’t drink at night anyway so I do bring it in.

The birds figured it out in two days.

You don’t have to take it apart to refill it unless you want to and there are instructions on how to take it apart to clean it. The fingers positioning is tricky, but I managed it after two tries and didn’t spill anything putting it back together.

The lid does fit snugly.

Great product.

Happy Bird DLXSS Deluxe Wild Bird Solar Sipper on Amazon

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