I had a Canon SX30IS and now have the SX60 and love them both. SX60 has 65x zoom and it about $550 I think. It is no DSLR of course and is limited when trying to get shots in flight, poor light, etc. That said I've been able to get some pretty decent shots and it is fantastic for ID purposes, especially because of the long zoom. Let me know if you have any other questions about it.
I have a Panasonic FZ70 that I like. Its not a DSLR but does have 60x zoom and does very well for a bridge camera. Cost is under $400 Its not great for birds in flight, but otherwise I use it all the time.
I used the Rebel T5 for quite a while before upgrading to my 70D. The downsides I will mention is that the camera can only shoot continuously for about 5 shots before it stops to record data on the card. I've noticed it does this regardless of what type of card I have. I bought a very high performance card to see if it would help and it didn't.. so I do believe it's a camera feature. The camera also doesn't handle low light very well AT ALL. However, if you're taking shots during the day and with a tripod, you can take stunning photos with it. The things I do like about the camera is:
1. Great battery life. Seriously. You can get away with birding all day long on one battery and not worry about it going dead.
2. Easy to use. The camera doesn't have a lot of fancy features, so it's pretty user friendly.
3. Lightweight. As a result of the camera not having a lot of extras, the body doesn't weigh very much.
4. Affordable. The camera is very inexpensive. I bought mine brand new for a little over $500 USD.. So in Canadian it cost around $700 since our dollar is not doing so well.. My T5 is about 9 months old and in excellent used condition if you were interested in buying one.