I never paid much attention to birds because I can't see them well enough to identify any. That all changed when a friend handed me a decent pair of binoculars and pointed out a Northern Flicker. I was stunned at the size of the bird and markings that I could actually see! I discovered the Bird Academy and the fabulous Cornell Lab of Ornithology resources and now I can actually identify a handful of birds by sight or song. The courses are guiding my new hobby - my birding journey.