Bird feeder with rain deflector
1. A bird feeder comprising:
- a seed tube having a seed tube base;
a plurality of feed openings in said seed tube base; and
a deflector located above said seed tube base, said deflector extending outwardly above said feed openings, said deflector being designed to deflect water flowing downwardly from said seed tube to a location intermediate said feed openings.
A bird feeder with a plurality of feed openings in the seed tube base, and a deflector located above the seed tube base, the deflector extending outwardly above the feed openings such that the deflector is able to deflect water flowing downwardly from said seed tube to a location intermediate the feed openings.
- 1. A bird feeder comprising:
a seed tube having a seed tube base; a plurality of feed openings in said seed tube base; and a deflector located above said seed tube base, said deflector extending outwardly above said feed openings, said deflector being designed to deflect water flowing downwardly from said seed tube to a location intermediate said feed openings.
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This invention relates to U.S. application Ser. No. 15/932,468 filed Mar. 2, 2018, the teachings of which are hereby incorporated by reference.
The present invention relates to bird feeders and more particularly, relates to a bird feeder designed to minimize problems with seed spoilage.
The pastime of feeding birds is a very popular one. This is self evident from the number of bird feeders which are sold in the marketplace.
One problem which always exists is the danger of wet bird seed. Despite the use of well designed bird feeders, seed can still become wet due to the weather. Although some bird feeders are designed with wide covers, a wind driven rain will still tend to enter the seed ports from which the birds feed.
Seeds, with enough moisture, can begin to sprout. Moreover, bird seed can spoil if moisture is present for a sufficiently long period of time. If the birds eat the moldy seeds, it is almost inevitable that they will become ill with an avian disease. Fungus and bacterial infections are also a problem for the birds.
Many bird feeders come with instructions that they be emptied and cleaned at regular intervals. However, frequently this is a procedure which is not followed by the end user.
It is therefore desirable to have a bird feeder which is designed to minimize access of rain or other moisture to the interior of the feeder containing the seeds.
According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a bird feeder which comprises a seed tube having a seed tube base, a plurality of feed openings in the seed tube base, and a deflector located above the seed tube base, the deflector extending outwardly above the feed openings, the deflector being designed to deflect water flowing downwardly from the seed tube to a location intermediate the feed openings.
The seed tube is common to many bird feeders and may be formed of different materials and be of different configurations. Frequently, the seed tube is of a generally cylindrical configuration and formed of a transparent material such that visual access may be had to the tube to verify the amount of seed remaining. Naturally, other configurations are possible including a rectangular configuration, a pentagonal configuration, etc.
At the bottom of the seed tube, there is provided a seed tube base upon which the seed rests. The seed tube base may be an intricate part of the seed tube or alternatively, can be a separate component. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the seed tube base is separate from the seed tube. This facilitates removal of the seed and cleaning of the seed tube base when required.
The seed tube base will have drainage apertures formed therein such that any excess water may drip onto the ground or other surface above which the seed tube sits.
The seed tube will normally have a cover which may sit directly on the seed tube or alternatively, on a further structure attached to the seed tube. The cover will normally have a wall extending outwardly in order to provide some protection to the lower portion of the seed tube.
A hanger may be incorporated with the cover to permit the hanging of the bird feeder from a suitable support.
Feed openings will be provided either in the seed tube base or the seed tube itself depending upon the particular arrangement desired. Adjacent to the feed openings, there may be provided a perch like structure to allow the birds to roost while feeding.
In one preferred embodiment of the present invention, the bird feeder is of the squirrel resistant type wherein a shroud will lower itself to protect the seed when a sufficient weight is placed thereon. Preferably, the shroud may have an arrangement wherein a spring tension can be adjusted to determine the weight limit to cause activation of the shroud.
The deflector arrangement will comprise a member located above the feed openings. A deflector will comprise a member which extends outwardly above the feed openings such that any water flowing downwardly will be directed away from the feed openings. Preferably, the water is directed from the deflector and is allowed to flow downwardly intermediate the feed openings. The deflector may be located on the seed tube or any other location above the feed openings. In other words, the deflector location will be at least partially dictated by the structure of the seed tube and other components associated therewith. Thus, when, as in the preferred embodiment of the present invention, a funnel and a shroud are utilized, the deflector may be incorporated in a funnel like structure. Alternatively, the deflector could be mounted on the seed tube per se.
To provide even further protection, there may be provided a raised portion surrounding an upper part of the feed openings. This raised portion will serve to further direct any water not caught by the deflector around the feed opening.
Having thus generally described the invention, reference will be made to the accompanying drawings illustrating embodiments thereof, in which:
Referring to the drawings in greater detail and by reference characters thereto, there is illustrated a bird feeder which is generally designated by reference numeral 10.
Bird feeder 10 includes a seed tube 12 which is of a cylindrical configuration (although other configurations could be utilized) and is preferably formed of a transparent plastic material.
A cover is generally designated by numeral 14 and a hanger is generally designated by reference numeral 16. A shroud 18 surrounds the lower portion of seed tube 12 and will be discussed in greater detail hereinbelow.
A base structure is generally designated 20 and includes a seed tube base 22, a funnel 24 and a shroud 26.
Cover 14 includes a top portion 28 which is contiguous with a side wall 30. A diagonally extending wall 32 extends outwardly to provide protection to seed tube 12 from elements such as rain and the like. A drip edge 34 extends along the outer end of diagonal wall 32. As may be seen in the drawings, side wall 30 has a plurality of protrusions 36 for reasons which will be discussed hereinbelow.
Seated on the upper cylindrical wall of seed tube 12 is a top ring generally designated by reference numeral 38. Top ring 38 includes a lower wall portion 40 which surrounds the top of seed tube 12. An outwardly sloping wall 42 is designed to assist in flowing of the bird seed.
An exterior side wall 44 extends from the upper marginal edge of sloping wall 42. Protrusions 46 are located on exterior side wall 44. Similarly, there are provided recesses 48 therein. Both protrusions 46 and recesses 48 are designed to engage with protrusions 36 on cover side wall 30 so that upon a rotational movement, cover 14 may be locked with top ring 38.
Slots 50 are provided in sloping wall 42 to permit hanger 16 to move therewithin when rotational movement of cover 14 is applied.
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Funnel 24, as seen in
Seed tube base 20, as seen in
Referring back to seed tube base 22, there is illustrated a cylindrical housing 98. Mounted internally of cylindrical housing 98 is a rod 100 which is best illustrated in
It will be understood that the above described embodiment is for purposes of illustration and that changes and modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.