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Speechless Sunday - Stay in Your Own Lane!

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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Comment balloon 17 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • January 07 2019 04:09AM


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.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 3 months ago

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

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 3 months ago

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!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

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

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

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

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 3 months ago

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....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 3 months ago

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

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 3 months ago

Our neighborhood squirrels also like to raid our bird feeders. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

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. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 3 months ago

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!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 3 months ago

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.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 3 months ago

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

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 3 months ago

Good Tuesday morning, Debe.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

Our wildlife is very confused this "winter" snow yet that has stayed on the ground so the squirrels are raiding their stashes long before spring.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 3 months ago

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. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 3 months ago

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.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

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...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 3 months ago