Most people who get into birding find that the compact binocs (8x24
et al) have too narrow a field of view and too dim an image to be
satisfactory for very long. A good low end binocular line priced in the $85
to $125 range are the Nikon Action series. They make a 7x35, an 8x40, and a
10x45 (I think). Remember when buying birding binoculars that wider angle
generally trumps higher power.
I'm not sure where to buy Nikon Action series binocs around
Burlington since Service Merchandise closed. Perhaps the big sporting goods
store over in Taft Corners might have them. I know I have seen them in the
sporting goods place over in the Berlin Mall, between Barre and Montpelier.