It’s me, Eddie. Have you looked out of your window recently? If you do, you might just spot some garden friends looking for food.
I have been really enjoying watching the birds out of my window. I have seen so many different types including Blue Tits, Great Tits, Robins and Bullfinches. I like how colourful they are. They are much easier to spot now as most of the leaves have fallen off the trees.
Feeding the birds
The birds eat from our bird feeder in the garden, their favourite food is sunflower hearts. They enjoy them so much they can get through one feeder in just two days!
It’s really important that we feed the birds during winter as their food in the wild is much harder to come by. There aren’t many insects flying around and the ground can be too hard to pick the worms out.
Last weekend when I was watching the birds, Mum set me the task to work out exactly how much food we would need to buy, and how much it will cost, to feed the birds over winter. She gave me some hints to help work it out:
- A bag of sunflower hearts will re-fill the feeder 10 times
- The birds empty the bird feeder every two days
- Winter is 3 months long: December, January and February
- A bag of seeds costs £5
How much food will we need?
First of all, I needed to work out how long one bag of seeds is going to last.
One full feeder lasts the birds two days. So, it will take 20 days to use up one whole bag of seeds: 2 days x 10 refills = 20 days.
Next, I need to work out how many days there are between the 1st December and 28th February.
December has 31 days, January also has 31 days and February has 28 days next year:
31 + 31 + 28 = 90 days in winter.
Now we know that we have to feed the birds for 90 days and each bag of food will last for 20 days. So, I need to divide 90 by 20 which equals 4 ½ . This means we need 4 ½ bags of food for the birds over winter! As you can’t buy half bags of bird food, we will round this up to 5.
As each bag costs £5, I will need to multiply £5 by 5 to find out how much we will spend:
5 x 5 = 25.
We will spend £25 on bird food over the winter to keep our feathery friends well fed!
Did you keep up with that? I hope so! If you are having a little trouble, try writing it all down yourself. It’s often much easier to make sense of numbers if you have them written down in front of you.
Don’t forget to put out plenty of fresh food and water this winter and see who you can spot in your garden.
Oh, and Merry Christmas! I’ll see you next year, I hope you have a lovely time on your Christmas holidays!
Love from Eddie x