Gate Guarding and Birding

We are settling in our gate now. Started out having to use paper logs….yes pen and paper, can you believe that!! We finally have an ipad, which makes it so much easier and faster. Most days are pretty slow, but we have had others that are super busy and the day just flies by. On those slow days you have to find something to do. I brought my camera and found some great subjects to shoot. All photos are my own.

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Sunrise in Atascosa County
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This is a Loggerhead Shrike. I have seen at least 2-3 everyday and because of the lights that are on all night we have a lot of insects which in turn attract a lot of birds looking for a easy meal. Shrikes will sit high on a perch and swoop down to catch there prey. While they eat most of what they catch, uneaten prey is stored in a most unique way as evidenced in next picture.
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They impale their uneaten prey on thorns or barbed wire to eat later.
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Fun birds to watch
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I have seen several of this bird, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. They also like the insects and can catch their prey in mid air.
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Dinner Time
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The Eastern Meadowlark is plentiful at our gate. They have a very distinct call and I love their color. This is a rare shot of one on barbwire as most I have seen on on the ground or on a wood fence post.
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Here is one foraging for seeds and insects.

So there it is…. some of what I do while not actually working. Yes, we have a 12 hour shift, but you average just working just 2-3 hours at the most. So it allows some down time to pursue other interests. Not a bad gig, I like it.