This interesting observation is of a female Great-tailed Grackle. The grackle had gathered some nest building materials and was seen to be dunking the dried straw into a puddle of water. The supposed objective may be to make the straw more pliable for nesting building. Once in place, the straw would dry and again become rigid, this time more closely following the form of the nest.

Great-tailed Grackle - Dunking

Great-tailed Grackle - Dunking

Great-tailed Grackle - Dunking

Great-tailed Grackle - Dunking

Great-tailed Grackle - Dunking

Great-tailed Grackle - Dunking

Observation Details

County Denton
City Carrollton
Date May 9, 2012
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Commercial-Retail
Type of Behavior Nesting
Gender Female
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Great-tailed Grackle Observation Location