Tadas from Illinois thinks the Eagle Optics Birding Kit is a smart start!:
I teach about 400 new birder students per year. The most difficult questions to answer are "Which binoculars should I buy?", "What field guide should I use?" and "Where can I learn more about birds?". It seems that Eagle Optics has a terrific answer: The Beginning Birder Kit is right on target to enable the novice with smart optics and great resources to nurture the new addiction to birds! The value is fantastic for most anyone starting out. Going forward, this kit is my #1 recommendation to students.