In the next illustration, you can see the scarecrow as a tiny figure and he is difficult to see. The setting is more prominent, but as a reader you REALLY want to see what he looks like.
Writers use words to create their scenes and illustrators use pictures. The text reads, “Yes, birds, Crows, crackles, starlings, jays. Ask them how they feel about a scarecrow, and they’ll say, ‘Lovely’. They ignore the pie-pan hands and the button eyes and see instead the scarecrow’s best gift: his gentleness.”
This illustration supports the idea that the scarecrow and the birds are friends… doesn’t it look like they are talking?