Man Has Been Feeding A Crow Family For Several Years, And They Thanked Him With Strange Gifts
April 16, 2019 18:18 By Fabiosa
56-year-old guitarist Stuart Dahlquist from Seattle, USA, has always been fond of birds. When a couple of crows nested in a fir tree near his house a few years ago, the man decided to make friends with them.
Stuart started to regularly feed his feathered neighbors (and even treat them when necessary).
Sometimes when I’m walking they’ll fly with me, landing on the wires and branches above as I amble along. When we get home they like to land on the fence and wait to be fed. Other times they simply “Caw! Caw!” at us… It’s pretty obvious when they want food.
– explained Stuart.
At the end of March, the crow family thanked the man for his generosity with rather unusual gifts. For two days straight, the birds would bring their benefactor pine twigs with pull tabs on them. Stuart was so excited about the crows’ tokens of gratitude that he shared them on his Twitter page.
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.— Stuart Dahlquist (@StuartDahlquist) March 24, 2019
My mind is blown. pic.twitter.com/tT5ORZ3AHL
Social media users chipped in with their best guesses of what the crows’ gifts to Dahlquist could mean.
It's their wedding rings pic.twitter.com/cisK9vbh7l— 😭🥮DIPSHIT@GET ME OUTTA HERE🥮😭 (@for2buns) March 25, 2019
Art....but maybe they’re reminding us not to litter as well?!?— 𝔖𝔬𝔫𝔦𝔞 🎈 (@SoniaLee) March 25, 2019
One user put forward a version that can melt anyone’s heart:
Crows love shiney things, so - for them, they were giving you a very high value gift. That they attached their shiney to a lovely smelling fir leaf too... these are more than art, these are an "I love you." They value you extremely highly.— Raynebow Reylo (@Raynebow_Rayne) March 26, 2019
In the comments, people also shared stories of the gifts they had received from crows. One woman, for instance, regularly gets colored pebbles from the smart birds, while the other girl was brought a live crab and a berry.
What intelligent birds!
How do you feel about crows? Have you ever received unusual gifts from them? Share your stories in the comments!