Patrick invited us to share a bit about the first pair of binoculars that we used for birding. Unlike Patrick, I came to birding kinda late in life, when I was in my mid-twenties, and bought a pair of Kowa's at the nature center where I would end up volunteering a few weeks later.
They were cheap and pretty awful, but nothing as bad as what I see some people trying to learn birds with. I used them for a couple years until I was able to appreciate the difference between a $100 pair of binoculars and a $1000 pair of binoculars. I saved up for the Zeiss 7X42's I use now and still keep those old Kowa's on the counter to grab when I see something interesting out the kitchen window. They're always dusty, but I still see nice birds with them once in a while.
Now I'm trying to remember what my first bird was with the new Zeiss'... I think it may have been a prothonotary on the first day of the spring weekend in Cape May in 98 or 99.
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