Identifying birds is a great way to become more familiar with your local environment. Contrary to belief, you don't need any fancy equipment to start noticing patterns. Just like a detective all you need to start identifying birds is your curiosity, a notepad, and writing utensil.
Begin by focusing on these four categories:
Interested in birding by song? Check out How to Bird by Ear!
To learn more, check out All About Birds' Bird ID Skills series.