Well you're for sure right about me not practicing enough, at all. The thing that discourages me from practicing is there are no birds, not within 10 minute walking distance. It's still the best book and just having read it has made me start to notice so much.
OK, sometimes some crows stop by in the morning also there's one little black one (that I should really identify) that I see sometimes that is an actual ground bird. (If anyone knows any crow resources that don't just say "it's too complicated"...)
One other cool thing I remember from listening to Advanced Bird Language or something related was finding hawks by driving around and observing what the birds (pigeons?) are doing. Been meaning to try that on a bike.
Or I could drive to the nearby coastal wetlands and just watch cormorants which are very cool, but I'd be without a guidebook.
I guess I'm looking for any experience from suburban, poor-ish (not a lot of parks) areas. Actually I just want to hear people talk about what they've seen because it's the coolest topic.