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The Solar Sipper Model 1007 is the best product for clean, fresh drinking water for wild birds on the market today. Unlike a birdbath, it covers the water to keep it clean.

The patented design insulates to keep water cooler in the summer and warmer in winter. It heats with a unique solar design against winter ice.

In winter, simply fill with warm water, place in winter sun and the Solar Sipper will remain unfrozen all day to 20 degrees F.

A natural product that combines wind protection, solar heating and insulation. A unique safe environmentally responsible outdoor water station for use with your backyard pets, birds and wildlife at the same time as you prepare you daily indoor pet water and food dishes. Works all day better than open bowl to give animals the same loving daily fresh water your indoor pets receive. In winter sunlight passive solar top provides radiant sun heat to keep water ice free to 20 degrees F. Easy to clean. Top protects water from bacteria. Portable and safe with no electric wires to chew. Check out Google for recent “solar sipper tests 21415” for performance video in winter storms. Another innovative product from Happy Bird Corporation home of Thomas Hollyday Chesapeake fiction, nature books and environmental safe water products all listed on

* passive solar top attracts sun heat to keep water ice free to 20 degrees F
* top covers water to help keep it free of bacteria
* insulation keeps water cool in summer, warm in winter

Length: 8.5″
Height: 3″
Width: 8.5″

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written by Dr. Scott Shalloway and Tom Hollyday

“Water. It’s out most precious natural resource. Without it, life as we know it would cease to exist. It’s the source and support of all life on earth. And for backyard birders, water’s the secret to attracting a colorful collections of visitors all year long.

The virtues of water are many, but most importantly water satisfies thirst. Animal tissue is approximately 70 percent water. Water lost in urine or evaporation can be replaced by eating water-rich foods such as insects and berries, or by simply taking a drink.

Water also provides a convenient place to bathe. During warm weather birds routinely immerse themselves in shallow puddles of water. They fluff their feathers and flap their wings to insure that every feather gets soaked. When they leave the water, they fluff and shake their feathers, and preen. Clean feathers insulate the body from summer heat and winter cold.

Finally, after a cold bath on a hot day a bird might just feel better and look better to other birds. A good soaking may relive the itch and discomfort caused by mites and feather lice. And a smartly groomed male, whose appearance helps attract females, holds a mate’s attention, and deters competitors, may be taken more seriously than its less fastidious counterparts.

These virtues have been known for years and in large measure explain the historic popularity of backyard bird baths. Bird lovers go to great lengths to satisfy their backyard visitors. Unfortunately bird baths are just that – baths. After just a few soakings, a traditional bird bath turns into a warm soupy broth of dirty water, shed feathers and droppings – hardly an irresistible place to take a drink.

In 1989 Tom Hollyday, a lifelong animal lover, decided backyard birds deserved better. “I wanted to build a device that would keep water cool in the hot weather, use solar power to keep water liquid in cold weather, and was easy to keep clean,” he recalls. “In the process I eliminated the drudgery of scrubbing traditional bird baths and the expense and bother of electric heating elements.”

Hollyday presented his solution to the bird dilemma and called it the “Solar Sipper.” It consists of three parts. The top cover keeps dirt and debris from soiling the water, while a single small hole offer thirsty birds an ideal drinking platform. The main bowl rests inside a larger outer bowl. The air space between the bowls insulates the water from temperature extremes. In winter, the passive solar heats keeps the water from freezing down to 20 degrees F when the fresh water is placed out in the sun. During the summer, the air space prevents the water from overheating. In other words, the Solar Sipper provides clean fresh drinking water all year long – simply, reliably and inexpensively. If you already have a bird bath, the Solar Sipper is a perfect complement to insure that clean drinking water is always available.

Though the Solar Sipper can be post-mounted, it works even better when placed directly on the ground. Dr. Scott Shalloway, one of the nation’s leading authorities on attracting backyard birds, calls the Solar Sipper a “remarkably simple and effective watering device. So often the best ideas are the simple ones. I’ve seen everything from cardinals to blue jays to chickadees and goldfinches drinking for my Solar Sipper, which I keep on the ground about five feet from a tray feeder.”

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This review of the Solar Sipper product line was done by Birding Business in Early Spring 2003.

“Cool, Clear Sizzle – How to promote the benefit of backyard water features”

“Tom Hollyday of Happy Bird has developed a line of products that enforce separation of drinking and bathing. Hollyday has also put thought into energy efficient ways to heat and cool the water to compensate for those seasonal stressors of ice and heat. By separating the mess of bathing from the need for clean drinking water, the threat of spreading disease is removed.”

“Water is cool, and water sizzles. It is key to birding habitat success.”

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Welcome to my new website! My name is Thomas Hollyday.

Be sure to explore my site to find information on the complete lines of Solar Sipper outdoor water stations for wildlife, a complete list of the current Chesapeake fiction by Thomas Hollyday, the cartoon work of Thomas Hollyday, and the non fiction publications.


Puddles is our newsletter, now on You Tube for ease of reading.

check out https//:  Thomas Hollyday Videos

You’ll find narration of various books by the author, explanations of the solarsipper products, and

articles on climate changes and water resources for animals.



To contact me, you can write:

Thomas Hollyday

4405 Great Meado Road

Dedham, Ma 02026


Happy Bird Corporation
P.O. Box 86
Weston, MA 02493


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NOTE:   Order forms.

Solar Sipper Order Form is at the end of the water products section. The river Sunday Romance Myetery series of novels about the Chesapeake are sold at the Amazon Kindle site. The Natures Viewp;oint cartoon books are sold at the Amazon Kindle site. The Cartoon art is sold at  See the full Solar Sipper Order form for information.




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