As long as I can remember I have enjoyed looking at birds. I guess I am a novice amateur bird watcher.
I've gone on bird watching expeditions. I design my home gardens to attract both birds and butterflies, and enjoy tremendously sitting in my garden and watching them come and go.
I even keep an incomplete and rudimentary bird sighting list.
I heve some basic binoculars, and I have a pretty good binocular. And I have several bird identifying books.
So far in my Richmond garden I have placed bird feeders, and a birdbath. I haven't done much with regards to specific plantings.
Regardless of my lack of trying I have quite a lot of regulars; cardenals, mocking birds, robins, starlings, warblers, grackles, and a wide variety of sparrows and finches. I have not even started on id'ing the migratory birds.
Just recently I got off my duff and identified some mid size brownish birds I was unfamiliar with. Brown Thrashers: a first for me.
One of these days I hope to identify all the variety of finches and sparrows.
I really like sitting in my garden and watching birds.