Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.

Each item is individually wrapped and categorised. Gabi pulls a black zip out of a labelled bag and holds it up. "We keep it in as good condition as we can," she says, before explaining this object is one of her favourites.

There's a miniature silver ball, a black button, a blue paper clip, a yellow bead, a faded black piece of foam, a blue Lego piece, and the list goes on. Many of them are scuffed and dirty. It is an odd assortment of objects for a little girl to treasure, but to Gabi these things are more valuable than gold.

She didn't gather this collection. Each item was a gift - given to her by crows. She holds up a pearl coloured heart. It is her most-prized present. "It's showing me how much they love me."

The crows would clear the feeder of peanuts, and leave shiny trinkets on the empty tray; an earring, a hinge, a polished rock. There wasn't a pattern. Gifts showed up sporadically - anything shiny and small enough to fit in a crow's mouth.

One time it was a tiny piece of metal with the word "best" printed on it. "I don't know if they still have the part that says 'friend'," Gabi laughs, amused by the thought of a crow wearing a matching necklace.

When you see Gabi's collection, it's hard not to wish for gift-giving crows of your own.

"If you want to form a bond with a crow, be consistent in rewarding them," advises John Marzluff, professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington. He specialises in birds, particularly crows and ravens.

The crows regularly carry gifts, like above, to the water bath and bird feeder in the family's garden after eating 

The image above shows just some of Gabi's favourite items left for her by birds in exchange for peanuts


Responses to "8 Year Old Girl Feeds Neighborhood Crows, They Thank Her with Gifts"

  1. ❤️Beautiful❤️

  2. Val van Rooyen says:

    That is so special, she is so privileged to have such an amazing interaction with the crows. Something so unique and precious.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Special little girl! ������

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank You to the Little One Who Has Heart for Crow with Loving,Living Actions������������������������������������❤

  5. Anonymous says:

    I once lived at an apartment in the spring and there was a nest close by. I knew those crows needed food close by so i would leave my leftovers for them. I would hear them making noise at the other tenants places but always left my place alone.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You have a special gift and keep it up because you never know when that gift will be gone keep on loving yourself and others and as you do everyday

  7. Unknown says:

    These birds are so incredibly smart it must be cool to receive gifts from them

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