I don't like FOMOOB. So I'm focusing on enjoying the ones I can see and learning what I can.
I start by birding in my own backyard. No joke. We have some lovely old oak trees and get a surprising amount of warblers. I go out in the morning and listen. The trees are full of them.
This year, I'm enrolled in the Master Birder course offered by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. I have to miss many of the weekend outings because of family events (which I'm grateful to have after so much was cancelled in 2020). I could feel bad about this - but I am finding time to bird on my own or with my husband and kids. And when I do bird on my own, I focus on finding one or two birds by really learning their calls and seeking them out. I've explored some lovely nearby trails and encountered other helpful, generous birders.
But you don't need to spend money on classes to learn about birds. I learn hilarious and incredible things just by reading bird apps on my phone in my spare time. I shared some of my favorites from the Audubon guide app as screenshots on my Instagram account. . I love the belted kingfisher's greeting, the yellow warbler's stubbornness, or the green heron's wily hunting.