As you can tell by the detailed map of the Shoprite parking lot, my car (in red) at the very bottom is in a prime spot to 'look out' ...forward...to view a vast expanse of territory, and to yes, just observe. My car was near a couple of trees and birds collected near the shadows. By birds, I mean.....crows, gulls and a few starlings. So it wasn't like I was really keying in on any migratory behavior, but just normal stuff.
My overall take on this is that birds are impulsive. Like my young grandkids who just manage to veer off in any direction at any time...birds are the same. They just go. They are not thinking.....they are not planning, they have no agenda, they are not plotting a world take-over etc...But rather, they act totally impulsive in their mannerisms to 'in what direction' do they fly.
Take for instance the flight pattern of bird #1. It flew out in front of me and then it flew to the left but not directly as in 'right angle' left but more of a general slant left. It went aways and for no apparent reason decided to turn right and land on the top of a light pole. Impulsive ....for if it had any true agenda and cognitive thought, it would have flown directly to the light pole.
Bird #2 flies out, then right...then a twist or turn (and perhaps a shout), and then meanders to a light pole. They seemed to like light poles.
Bird #3 file out straight, then left, then right and then right again. Not even a military cadence to that...(left, left, left right left..)
So go figure.... I did notice that on my map, that no bird ventured to Alabama...say, who put Alabama on my map anyhow? And in permanent marker to boot....If I find out who did that, I guess I am going to 'fire them'.....