The connection between humans and animals has always been a fascinating one. But as it’s not that uncommon for people to be friends with canines and felines, bonding with crows and similar kinds of birds is pretty special.
A man named Stuart Dahlquist took to Twitter to share his incredible story that involves a family of crows and lots of gifts. His affection for birds started when he was very young, and now he experienced what it feels like for them to love him back. They showed their appreciation to Stuart for feeding them in the most unique way possible. By bringing him presents.
We’ve been feeding a small family of four crows (mated pair and their two year old kids) for several years. Last week two days in a row they left these gifts, pull tabs threaded onto pine twigs. This isn’t only generous, it’s creative, it’s art.
My mind is blown. pic.twitter.com/tT5ORZ3AHL
— Stuart Dahlquist (@StuartDahlquist) 24 March 2019
“Crows are amazing creatures and I’ve always felt this way since I was a boy. Birds – all kinds – have been a real focal part of my life; I love watching them, listening to their calls, identifying them… Oh! And helping them if they need help. I’m not a real ‘birder’ with high powered binoculars or anything like that but they play an outsized role in my enjoyment of life.”
“They nest in a large douglas fir tree that’s in our front yard and we could hear the babies when the parents would feed them. One day I found both babies had fallen to the ground, almost able to fly but not quite. We got them into a tree and the parents – pretty angry with us actually – took it from there and the little ones survived. We began feeding them soon after.”
His friends share how he helped crows in the past too.
I will never forget your kindness when you came over to my place to help me with that crow, you were so calm and collected and I was a bit of a wreck. Crows obviously love you!
— misery is the river of the world (@antinostalgist) 24 March 2019
Everyone really loved what the crows’ did for Stuart and they know its a result of his dedication towards them.
Crows have roughly the intelligence of a 3 year old human and are capable of perceiving depth. They’ve been known to use tools and can solve complex puzzles. I love them.
— thegriffin88 (@thegriffin88) 25 March 2019
We have 2 resident crows (Russell & Sheryl) who leave us shiney pebbles on the path now and again. We whistle every time we leave our food for them and last year we were positive that they mimicked the sound when their fledgling was brought to our garden! We love them ?
— Fiona Morrison (@fionalmorrison) 25 March 2019
That’s so beautiful. The best I get is my fox bringing the bones back from the meat I’ve left him and putting them on the tree stump as if to say ‘thanks, more please’
— JaneV (@mulberryjane) 24 March 2019
Crows are amazing! We once nursed an injured chick for several days. The mama never left our yard. On release day, the baby squawked, mama responded and the sky was soon filled with crows! Hundreds circled overhead while a couple helped. They stayed til mama and baby joined them!
my crows brought me a crab and a berry and now follow me every time i go for walks after i saved their baby last year <3
— Haze_Sommer (@grm_chikn) 25 March 2019