After an initial batch of 12 new birds for the year by watching my feeders at home, my next batch all came through the windshield of a car.
On my first trip into the store this year, I knew I'd pick up a few more easy year birds. I expected to see these suburban birds that usually don't visit my feeders. Sure enough, along Jones Road I saw American Crows, and from the Chipotle parking lot, a few House Sparrows perched in a small tree while across the road on Route 50, over 100 European Starlings were perched on the power lines, like quarter notes playing out a long, monotonous tune.
A couple days later, I headed down the interstate on a trip to the Philly area. I saw Rock Pigeons clustered around exit 12. All along my drive, Red-tailed Hawks perched high on trees and poles looking for their next meal in the snow below. In New Jersey, I started seeing Turkey Vultures with their teeter-totter flight. Turkey Vultures leave upstate New York in the winter, though now I know they don't go far.
In New Jersey along interstate 78, I saw a smaller vulture with a white only on the tips of their wings - now I'm glad I learned to identify Black Vultures during my trip last year to Texas! In Pennsylvania, Herring Gulls frequented the parking lots of the King of Prussia mall area.
Fittingly, near the Audubon exit on Route 422, many skeins of Canada Geese - and many other unidentifiable waterfowl - flew overhead. Unbeknownst to me, I was within minutes of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. I'll definitely make time for a stop there next time I'm in the area!
So my year list stands at 21 right now. I'll be in downtown Atlanta soon and while there, I'll be on the lookout for birds that can be seen in an urban environment to add to my year list.