Speechless Sunday - Stay in Your Own Lane!

Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Speechless Sunday - Stay in Your Own Lane!

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

We love bird-watching and have several bird feeders for the variety of birds we see each season. However, regardless of the season, we seem to manage to attract the squirrels, often as many of them as birds! We purchased a squirrel-proof feeder a year or two ago and enjoyed watching the resident squirrels attempt, unsuccessfully, to sneak the bird feed, ultimately settling for the fallen pieces on the ground below.


Stay in your own lane



Their antics are hysterical and we really enjoy watching them. So, we read up on how to keep them around but, avoid then getting into the bird feed. Here is our solution - corn cakes and squirrel food in a different area than the bird feeders. So far, so good! Now, we have the best of both worlds - everyone staying in their own lane!


Have a wonderful week ahead!


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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Debe,

That is a cool solution. Squirrels raid my feeders too and sometimes destroy them. Have not had too many visitors this year. Mild winter so far.

Jan 06, 2019 08:21 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am glad to have the varmits.  They can't get to my feeders but they do clean up what the birds throw way

Jan 06, 2019 08:42 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Our winter has been crazy - it began colder and earlier than in the past but, this weekend, it was 60º! We can't figure out what to wear on any given day, Dörte Engel! Our squirrels this winter have been hit or miss - certainly not as many as we normally have. They are notorious for tearing up our feeders too - they're clever little critters!

Jan 06, 2019 09:17 PM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Yes, here too, William Feela - except we do have to have special feeders to keep them out - they can get into most of them! They're clever and tenacious...and acrobatic too! LOL

Jan 06, 2019 09:18 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Debe.

No squirrels in my neighborhood, but we do have our fair share of birds.  That reminds me, I need to fill the feeders today

Jan 07, 2019 02:28 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS great concept ...staying in your own lane... this thought should be practiced by real estate agents... focus on what you know and make that your lane....stay in it....

Jan 07, 2019 03:46 AM #6
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

That's a great idea Debe, but it wouldn't work in our area...the deer family finds all our hiding places!

Jan 07, 2019 04:25 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Our neighborhood squirrels also like to raid our bird feeders. 

Jan 07, 2019 05:35 AM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debe, I love watching the birds and squirrels too. Your first picture made me LOL. We haven't had many squirrels this winter but, the dear have been out in full force. I keep reading that we shouldn't feed them because they get used to food being provided but, occasionally I leave the corn out. Feel so bad for the animals when it's cold and the food is scarce. 

Jan 07, 2019 05:45 AM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

We have the same problem! Its not always easy getting everyone to stay in their own lanes. They do have a mind of their own and when they see food they want it! Have a great week!!

Jan 07, 2019 05:46 AM #10
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Debe.  I saw one contraption where the feeder was on a swivel and whenever a squirrel was on it it would turn and make the food inaccessible.  The birds were light enough that it didn't turn and they could enjoy the food.

Jan 07, 2019 06:37 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Debe. I too love watching the birds and critters. The feeder you show does look accessible for the squirrels.

Jan 07, 2019 07:43 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Debe.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jan 08, 2019 04:48 AM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Our wildlife is very confused this "winter"...no snow yet that has stayed on the ground so the squirrels are raiding their stashes long before spring.

Jan 08, 2019 05:33 AM #14
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - True tenacity! When it comes to wildlife, feeding the birds the squirrels always seem to show up in quantities and will make sure no seed goes to waste. And when it comes to business, your tenacity is only one of the many great qualities you have to succeed in business and your personal life. 

You can fly around town taking care of business, especially your clients like a watchful bird with an eye for the smallest details and when it comes to tenacity, you're a living example of the definition of a really great and successful real estate agent. You leave no stone unturned. 

Jan 09, 2019 03:51 AM #15
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

We eventually hung them from cables and found that the squirrels really had a hard time getting at the food, and as you said resorted to picking up what was on the ground. Having a hunting cat also keeps them away too.

Jan 09, 2019 11:58 AM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

As I watch our bird feeders Debe, I wonder how frustrated those poor birds get trying to eat in such precarious angles. One size does not fit all I have found...

Jan 10, 2019 08:27 AM #17
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