Well, I'm not technically a "new birder" - birdwatching has been something that was a huge interest of mine when I was younger but disappeared off my radar due to some hustle and bustle (amongst other hobbies I am now slowly getting "back into!"!). However, I found myself forgetting everything apart from some most common bird species!
I am looking for resources that could get me back into the swing of things and make my return to birdwatching less overwhelming, such as books, apps, and websites, ideally focusing on UK-based birds.
Thank you in advance!
LOL... hello again
I have found this forum to be very useful/fun. Watch the daily postings of images for ID and test your own ability to figure them out as well as reading how 'more expert birders' quickly focus in on details leading to ID.
If you don't have a guide(s), get one. I find the ones with drawings much better than photos. Not sure what's best for EU/GB, but in US, Sibley, Nat Geo, Petersons are all superb and compliment each other. Tip: you can save $$ by buying them used - a little wear doesn't make them any less useful, but I do think current editions are usually best.
Create a link to AllAboutBirds and eBird (Cornell Ornithology lab), also Audobon has a lovely site, and poke around while drinking your morning coffee (or perhaps porridge or tea in GB?).
If you are a smartphone user, get those apps as well. Sibley has a good one at modest $, Audobon, and Merlin Bird ID are great (again, apologies for speaking to NAmerica...) - you may have to find other locally relevant apps?
Wear your binos - yes you might feel like a bit of a dork - everywhere. I just stepped out to get something out of the car and had a Kestrel (I think) fly over. Missed having binos! Even in urban areas, you'd be amazed at what you can find. And of course watching bugs, butterflies, mammals,... is great fun too.