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They Invented What? (No.99)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on May 14, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,996,127: Wearable device for feeding and observing birds and other flying animals.

 

I claim:

1. A device for feeding and observing flying animals comprising:
         a hat, the hat including a front portion and a rear portion;
         a first support mounted on the hat and extending forward of the front portion of the hat; and
         a feeder configured to contain food for flying animals mounted on the first support, wherein the flying animals can be observed while they feed.

2. The device of claim 1, wherein the hat is a helmet.

3. The device of claim 1, wherein the hat further comprises a chin strap.

4. The device of claim 1, wherein the hat further comprises a rear strap, for securing the device by engaging a wearer’s clothing.

5. The device of claim 1, wherein the hat further comprises a counterweight capable of counterbalancing a weight of the support and feeder.

6. The device of claim 1, wherein the support comprises a pole.

7. The device of claim 6, wherein the pole is a telescoping pole.

8. The device of claim 6, wherein the pole is removably mounted on the hat.

9. The device of claim 6, wherein the pole further comprises a hook for mounting the feeder on the pole.

10. The device of claim 6, wherein the pole extends about 6 to 18 inches from the hat.

11. The device of claim 1, further including a second and a third support mounted on the hat and extending outward from the hat, a second feeder mounted on the second support, and a third feeder mounted on the third support.

12. The device of claim 11, wherein the first support extends forward from the hat, and the second and third supports are mounted on each side of the first support.

13. The device of claim 12, wherein the second and third supports are disposed at an angle ranging from about 30 to 60.degree. from the first support.

14. The device of claim 1, wherein the feeder is a nectar feeder.

15. The device of claim 1, wherein the feeder is a seed feeder.

16. The device of claim 1, further comprising a receptacle on the hat for attaching auxiliary devices.

17. The device of claim 16, wherein the auxiliary device is a perch apparatus.

18. The device of claim 16, wherein the auxiliary device is an ornament.

19. The device of claim 1, further comprising an optical device mounted on the hat.

20. The device of claim 19, wherein the optical device is selected from the group consisting of a magnifying glass, a camera, and a video camera.

21. The device of claim 1, further comprising a optical device mounted on the support.

22. The device of claim 21, wherein the optical device is selected from the group consisting of a magnifying glass, a camera, and a video camera.

23. A device for feeding and observing flying animals comprising:
         a hat, including a front portion and a rear portion;
         a first pole mounted on the hat and extending forward of the front portion of the hat;
         a second pole and a third pole mounted on the hat on each side of the first pole and extending outward from the hat; and
         first, second, and third feeders mounted on the first, second, and third poles, respectively, wherein the first pole is positioned so that the first feeder is visible to a wearer of the hat, whereby the flying animals can be observed while they feed.

24. A device for feeding and observing flying animals comprising:
         a helmet with a chin strap;
         a first pole mounted on the helmet and extending forward from the helmet, and a second and third poles mounted on the helmet on each side of the first pole and extending outward, wherein the poles have hooks; and
         a nectar feeder mounted on each of the first, second, and third poles by the hooks, whereby the flying animals can be observed while they feed.

25. A device for feeding and observing flying animals comprising:
         a hat;
         a first telescoping pole mounted on the hat and extending outward from the hat; and
a feeder configured to contain food for flying animals mounted on the first telescoping pole, whereby the flying animals can be observed while they feed.

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