Yes, the same! I was always interested in birds, but after reading the first book, I wanted to read more and wanted to know more about other birds, not only owls.I would like to also put in a word for Kathryn Lasky's The Guardians of Ga'Hoole, as I can say with absolute confidence that it was the series to spark my fascination with owls and birds as a whole!
Even if not always realistic (with the use of explicit magic as plot points), I do appreciate Lasky's worldbuilding in that it treats the characters as physical animals with their own instincts and idea of anatomy/physiology, rather than just as stand-ins for human characters. I would sooner compare the series to Watership Down than Redwall, if that works as a point of reference to anyone who's read either of them as well haha.
I first read the books in late grade school, but have reread the series several times in the time in between then and now (the most recent being at the beginning of quarantine). Reading the series as an adult has definitely made it easier to pick up on its commentary on fascism, something I think was (unfortunately) very toned down in the film adaptation in favor of flashy, marketable villains. But, this topic thread is about fiction books and I will ramble endleslly if given the option! So I will leave it at "the film looked fantastic and definitely influenced my artistic career, but the books are better" And some time ago, when I was writing a uni paper and needed to include a book review, I immediately thought about this series. There were no specific requirements, just an informative essay. I did some online research, looked for ideas, and came across one page where I managed to learn more and read informative essay examples, and they provided me so many ideas. And I decided to choose that book and one nonfiction for comparison. And it was so easy to write because the issue was interesting to me, and the books I'd already read.
And I also like Sky Hawk a lot.
I've read other books, but these I liked the most.