Due to my more casual nature of birding and not having a lot of time, I tend not to get many big trips or uncommon birds. A common theme for me is to watch the feeder birds and get a good feel for the local birding environment. One interesting thing about my area in Vermont, is the amount of raptors about. On any drive to work or into town, it is typical to see a Red-Tail Hawk or 2 and likely at least one Kestrel sitting on the wires. The Kestrels seem quite shy and don't seem to have trouble seeing inside a car, where-as some birding can be done from a closer vantage point using the car as a blind. Usually once a month I catch a Peregrine swooping in low trying to catch a swallow or earlier this year, flocks of Snow Buntings on the fields. Carrying my camera in the car is a must and how I captured all of these shots, pulling over and quickly shooting.