Subject: Re: Bird Quiz
Date: Dec 30 20:59:34 1998
From: sanjer at televar.com - sanjer at televar.com


> > How many Goldfinches, House Finches, House Sparrows, Pine Siskin, and
> > Mountain Chickadees does it take to eat 3 1/2 pounds of sunflower seed
> > and 2 pounds of thistle per day??

> > The person with the correct answer gets to supply seed for the feeders
> > for one week. '-)
> >
> Jerry--
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> did you ever post the answer to this? if so, I
> missed it.

No one even tried to guess--I wonder why.

The answer is: 57 Goldfinches, 14 House Finches, 38 House Sparrows, 8 Pine
Siskin, and 1 Mountain Chickadee. That is .0745 ounces per bird.

The sunflower seed has a 2 to 1 weight ratio. ie. 3 ounces of seed produces
1 ounce of hull and 2 ounces of meat--and I don't mean beef. No! I did not
shell the thistle to check it. :-)

After hours of removing hulls and a multitude of calculations, I have come
to the conclusion that 16 ounces equals one pound. '-)

Have a good new year!

Jerry and Sandy Converse
Grand Coulee, WA

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