What do you think the cleverest bird is? Maybe this parrot who can control Alexa? Or this hummingbird who comes to see his human friend every year? Well, there’s a new contender on the block. A family of crows have started repaying a man for all his kindness to them over the years. AndBut first, prepare yourself, because it’s pretty special.
Stuart Dahlquist is a long-time bird enthusiast and amateur ornithologist. However, he was amazed and shocked by what happened to him a few weeks ago. The crows he had been feeding for a few years had brought him gifts. He tweeted about the amazing incident:
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) March 24, 2019
He genuinely believes that the crows made him a piece of art. They definitely put the pull tabs onto the pine twigs deliberately, because they couldn’t have got there naturally. It’s really amazing when you think about it, but couldn’t have been given to a more deserving man.
“Crows are amazing creatures and I’ve always felt this way since I was a boy,” he said. “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.”
This isn’t unusual for Stuart, however. He helps injured crows all the time, nursing them back to health in his own bathroom sometimes. He recalls his happiness releasing them to the wild and seeing them greet their friends again, happy and healthy.
What do you make of these gifts? Are they art, or just nonsense? Let us know in the comments, and share this amazing story with your family and friends! You can always check out similar stories on Happiest.