A man has been a bird enthusiast since he was young, so a family of crows found an incredible way to surprise him.
56-year-old Stuart Dahlquist from Seattle just received gifts from crows he has been feeding for years. He wrote on Twitter: “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.”
Stuart told Bored Panda: “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.”
The Seattle man has been feeding this particular family of crows for four years. “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,” he shared.
“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.”
There were four crows, but unfortunately, before these gifts appeared, the mother crow was killed by a raccoon.
Stuart said he can easily tell when the crows are hungry. He explained: “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.”
He gives them dry cat food with a small amount of filler. “Crows aren’t as keen on corn as people seem to think.”
“The adult male is very distinctive,” he went on. “His right leg was injured at some point and didn’t heal properly so he hops on only one foot.
“I often wish we could do something about it but there really isn’t a way. He gets around just fine otherwise.”
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