It all started with a book, the "American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of California", we purchased for our eldest.  She became fascinated with all things avian, kind of like myself when I was young, I was always partial to fowl myself.  After seeing how enthusiastic she was, we got her a pair of Bushnell NatureView Binoculars (which are amazing BTW) and headed out to our nearest bird sanctuary.  She does all the spotting and I do some shooting, then we return home, catalog the birds we've seen and post it all here.  It's a lot like fishing, in that it has nothing to do with the fish.