Stuart Dahlquist had no intention of befriending the new neighbors who had moved in next door to his Seattle house.
It was evident from away that his new neighbors, a family of crows, preferred to stay to themselves.
Dahlquist told The Dodo, “This particular family of crows has been hovering around our house for approximately four years.” “We could hear the babies when the adults fed them since they had nested in a giant Douglas tree in the front yard.”
Dahlquist was enthralled by the newborn crows’ exuberant chirping. When he stepped outdoors one day, though, he instantly noticed something was wrong. Both chicks had fallen out of the nest, and their parents were helpless.
“[The chicks] were almost able to fly,” Dahlquist added, “but instead were simply racing around the yard — their parents squawking.” “I snatched the two of them and threw them into a tree,” says the narrator. In case they fell again, I put some food and drink below them.”
Dahlquist’s deed of generosity was not forgotten. “The grownups were enraged,” he added, “but they appeared to pay more attention to us as time went on.”
Crows have an amazing capacity to recognize people’s faces. This aids the sophisticated birds in remembering which people are potential threats and which are potential buddies.
Dahlquist kept leaving nibbles at the fir tree’s base, never expecting anything in return. The crows, on the other hand, chose to express their thanks with a small present.
“The first one was a little perplexing,” Dahlquist said. “It was square in the midst of where I dump their food,” says the narrator.
“I spotted it right away because I’m picky about garbage getting where it goes,” he explained, “but the pull tab threaded onto the sprig of fir wasn’t regular, so I hung onto it.”
“This is when it clicked on us that the birds were producing and leaving these,” Dahlquist said the next day, after finding another twig with a Pepsi tab in the same position.
Dahlquist, who has previously healed and released other injured birds, has never been acknowledged in such a public way.
“It took me a couple of days to realize how incredible this was,” Dahlquist added. “Our crows had not only left presents, but they had also built something new. It was a work of art.”
Dahlquist’s bond with his crow neighbors has only grown deeper after the gift exchange.