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home appealingA big honkin' black crow has discovered my water fountain in the back yard of my home in Land Park. It's not really a fountain per se, it's a 24-inch-in-diameter platter-like bowl, like you'd use to bake a deep dish pizza, stuck on top of a four-foot pole that sticks into the ground. Birds land on it and drink water. Sometimes, they take a bath in it. It's great amusement for my cats who sit in the bedroom window to watch them. It's like bird TV. Some days the rim of the fountain is occupied by dozens of house finches or gold finches, chirping, drinking, flapping wings and putting on a show.

But lately, this huge crow has taken a fancy to the fountain. He digs up worms in the yard and drops them into the water. Half eaten. Yesterday, I found a chunk of chicken, a mushroom and two worms. It's the ickiest thing. I scoop them out, refill the water fountain, but he comes back to yell at me. Sometimes, he swishes a worm into the water to wash it off before he eats it. We think he doesn't like the dirt and grass stuck to the worm. What do you expect when you pull your dinner out of the ground?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Actually, that's funny!   Never mind the cats...I'd be watching, too.

Apr 30, 2013 03:03 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I just had this conversation with a seller about replacing carpet and painting.  They don't want the hassle and have spun it as a good thing that a buyer can choose what they want.  Guess what?  Buyers don't want the hassle either.  If you want to sell it, do the fixing up.  It's worth it to your bottom line.  You'll love the response, and offers from buyers, when they love what they see.  There are very few buyers with vision to see improvements.  And those that can are doing to ding you for leaving the project to them when it comes offer time.

Apr 30, 2013 04:47 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

How interesting! We have a few huge crows that swoop down sometimes to get a few mouthfuls of bird food and they wind up chasing all the other birds away. So I don't like them!  But I find it interesting that they got chicken from somewhere - maybe someone's barbeque?

Apr 30, 2013 05:38 AM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Li: Crows are very smart birds but almost nobody likes them. They are bossy and pushy.

Hi Chris Ann: Some things are worth doing, like carpeting, especially if it sticks out like a sore thumb. But if everything is kinda icky, then new carpeting won't help much.

Hi Kat: I'm guessing the crow got the chicken from a burrito because there was a burrito wrapper nearby. They dive into people's trash cans, too. Some guy on a crow website said he once saw a crow flying with a whole pizza in its beak.

Apr 30, 2013 06:44 AM #4
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I've been noticing that the crows in California are getting bigger and bigger, and it seems that they like what they like (just like Sacramento homebuyers).

Apr 30, 2013 09:24 AM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Don't go yelling at the crow he (or she) has found a source of clean water to wash their food.  No different than lets say potatoes or carrots we get.   We want them cleaned before we eat them.  As far as him leaving the food in the water you'll need to discuss that with him.  :~)

Apr 30, 2013 08:35 PM #6
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