Hello everybody. My name is Jorden and I am brand new to the world of birding. It has been something that I've always been interested in but was never really exposed to. My interest has grown and I've decided to start pursuing it on my own. Currently I've been spending a lot of my time trying to learn all of the common species of birds I might encounter. I would like to have atleast a general idea before going out with a birding group and making a complete fool of myself. My efforts haven't been rewarding. I still have problems distinguishing different groups like the difference between a warbler and a chickadee or a titmouse and a jay. The sub-species of gulls have been very hard to distinguish as well. I am currently using the Merlin app to help me and have a couple of different bid quizes on my phone, but the variety of birds that exists, and their subtle differences typically stump me. I'm sure that it will become more obvious to me with time, but any and all advice would be much appreciated. I am excited to finally get out there and be able to sit on a bench somewhere with a cup of coffee, some binos, and my birding journal and finally start making my counts, but I feel like I still have a lot of studying to do before I get there. Thank you for accepting me intonyour group and I look forward to all that I can gain from your collective knowledge!!!