What is "birding" and how do I get started?
Most folks deem the following characteristics important when choosing binoculars for birding: price, magnification, light gathering ability, close focusing distance, eye relief, and weight.
"A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America" by Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson.
"Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America" by Roger Tory Peterson
"Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America" by Kenn Kaufman.
"National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region" by National Audubon Society.
"National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America" by Dunn and Alderfer.
"National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America" by Edward Brinkley.
"The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America" by David Allen Sibley.
"The Sibley Guide to Birds" by David Allen Sibley.
"Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America" by Ted Floyd.
"Stokes Field Guide to Birds Eastern Region" by Donald and Lillian Stokes.
"iBird Explorer Pro" version 1.6.1 by the Mitch Waite Group
"National Geographic Handheld Birds" version 1.0 by National Geographic
Size and shape, colors and patterns, vocalization, habitat, and behavior are important bird characteristics to consider when trying to identify bird species.
Learning bird vocalizations can be a daunting task, but through field experience, repetitive listening, phonetic representations, mnemonics, and quality descriptions one can learn to identify individual bird species by song and call.
There are many birding groups (websites) that are specific to regions within the southeastern United States. These are good places to hook up with other folks in your area who enjoy learning about and observing birds. Most of these sites include popular places to bird within their region.