Just one more question to add to Bitterroot Bulls excellent checklist:
What is your budget?
You can buy very flexible 6 or 8 power Pentax Papilios, for around $100, that also allow very close focus for detail observation of butterflies or similar small creatures, sort of a long distance magnifying glass.
Alternatively, you can get the minimal size Zeiss 8x20 Conquest, which fir into a pants pocket and give good, albeit slightly finicky views.
Slightly bigger, everyone from Nikon on up is eager to serve you, often at quite reasonable prices.
Lastly, do note LLBean is currently running a 30% off sale and they carry both Nikon and Swarovski. You could get a pretty decent deal if you can figure out what you want quickly.