Grackles use their beaks as a tool

In the past few days I’ve observed different Grackles using their beak as tools at our feeder…popping small nut pieces from the feeder tray to the ground. Actually walking around the edge of the feeder and selectively flipping out only the nut pieces and leaving sun flower seeds behind. Once they’ve decided there’s enough on the ground they’ll jump down and feed on them…going so far as taking some to our cement watering feeder and dipping them before eating. I’m surely not the first person to have observed this behavior? Have any of you witnessed this behavior?

Dan O. De Ment

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