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

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CityCarrollton
DateMay 9, 2012
Time of DayAfternoon
TemperatureCool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
WeatherClear
HabitatCommercial-Retail
Type of BehaviorNesting
GenderFemale
MaturityAdult
ObserverChris Jackson