This forum was suggested by a posting in http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcvanbirds/, which connects birders in my locality in Canada, near Vancouver, on the Pacific Coast. Mostly useful info. on what birds have been seen recently, and exactly where - also, photos & requests for help identifying unusual sightings.
I always enjoyed watching my garden birds, but I'm fairly new to "serious" birding (2 years). Just retired this year, new binoculars & scope, wishing I had started birding many years ago.
I'm thinking this forum may guide me on possible travel ideas for Costa Rica, S. Africa, Malaysia, Vietnam... at the very least, I can enjoy other people's birding experiences vicariously! I know I'm going to enjoy the posted bird photos.