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On January 19, 2008, imapigeon from Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA wrote:
Dishwasher-safe hummingbird feeder that comes apart for cleaning and is also easy to fill!! I've had several for over a year, and they still don't leak, haven't warped, and are just as bright & pretty as the day I bought them. They have a hanging handle that folds flat & makes filling the wide-mouth bottle really easy. I added a spray-paint-can-top moat above the hanging loop, and it's solved the ant problem. Hummers & I love these, and so does everyone I've gotten one for as a gift. On January 20th, 2008, imapigeon added the following:
Here\'s the text of an article on the feeders that was in the Charlotte Observer last August. Interesting guy!
Charlotte Observer, The (NC)
August 25, 2007
FEEDING HIS LOVE OF TINY BIRDS
DOCTOR INVENTS FEEDER THAT AIMS TO BE EASY TO CLEAN AND LIMITS SPILLS
IN THE HUMMINGBIRD BUSINESS
Author: DAVID PERLMUTT, Staff Writer
Estimated printed pages: 3
Thirty-five years ago, Charlotte radiologist Jay Whelan was mowing his backyard in Louisville, Ky., when something whizzed past his ear.
He thought it was a bumblebee. But then it stopped, and hovered. It backed up, then forward - and flew off.
Thus began Whelan\'s love affair with the hummingbird.
\"It was so small. I was astounded at how it could move like that,\" said Whelan, now 70 and semi-retired.
\"I became captivated by their unique size,\" he said, sitting recently in his backyard on Kings Drive. \"I love anatomy and physiology, and was amazed at how their wing connections allowed them to hover and fly backwards.\"
Over the years, he tried dozens of feeders. None suited. They leaked. They were hard to clean and grew moldy. They broke or were hard to fill.
\"I thought I could build a better mouse trap,\" he said.
So Dr. Jaybird, as he\'s known to friends, designed his own.
He came up with Dr. JB\'s Clean Feeders, available at his Web site, [HYPERLINK@www.drjbs.com.] Its hard plastic holds up to the hot sun, fans say. Its three parts are easily dismantled and safe in the dishwasher. Its wide mouth makes it easy to fill.
Whelan has transformed the feeder into a business with his children that he hopes will keep him busy when he fully retires.
The hummingbird world is apparently embracing the feeder.
\"It\'s getting national attention,\" said state ornithologist Susan Campbell. \"People are snapping it up all over the place, not just in Carolinas.\"
It\'s not Whelan\'s first invention.
He grew up poor in Louisville. As a boy, he developed a degenerative hip condition and was treated at a crippled children\'s hospital. There he got the idea of becoming a doctor. The state sent him to college and then medical school at the University of Louisville.
After he began his radiology practice, he taught for free at the medical school for 17 years to pay back what the state had done for him.
On the side, he was inventing. He designed what is known as the Whelan-Moss T-Tude, a surgical device used after gall bladder surgery to drain bile. He has also developed biopsy catheters.
\"I like solving problems,\" Whelan said. Especially for the hummingbirds that toot around his house summer mornings and evenings.
Bees are their prime enemy. If a feeder leaks nectar - a pint of one part sugar and three parts water - it draws bees.
So Whelan designed a baffle in the bottom of his feeder tray that prevents the nectar from spilling.
His feeders come with different color plastic flowers around the feeding ports. Experts say the birds are mostly attracted to red and yellow flowers. Whelan isn\'t sure color makes a difference.
Many beaks to feed
His feeders get the ultimate test at Joe and Betty McCoy\'s house in McConnells in York County, S.C.
Ruby-throated hummingbirds, the most common of 338 species, begin showing up at the McCoys\' home in March.
By August, they have several hundred in trees, and lining porch rails and roofs.
Last year, Joe McCoy went through 165 pounds of sugar to feed his birds. So far this year, he\'s gone through 110 pounds. The last birds will leave in late September. Each day, they empty eight to 10 of Whelan\'s feeders.
\"I love those feeders,\" McCoy said. \"When you got this many birds, you need a good feeder.\"Hummingbird Festival Today
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is hosting a hummingbird festival. Expert Bill Hilton of York, S.C., will capture and band ruby-throated hummers. There will be displays, including one with Dr. JB\'s feeders.
Directions: Take Interstate 85 north to Exit 45-A. Take East W.T. Harris Boulevard to fourth stoplight and turn left on Rocky River Road. Go a half-mile and turn left at the stop light. Just past fire station, turn right into park.
1. PHOTOS BY PETER WEINBERGER - [e-mail:PWEINBERGER@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM]. Dr. JB\'s Clean Feeders\' hard plastic holds up to the hot sun, fans say. Its three parts are easily dismantled and safe in the dishwasher. Its wide mouth makes it easy to fill. And a baffle in the bottom of the feeder tray prevents nectar from spilling. 2. Jay WhelanPHOTOS: 2
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