Picked up a copy at the Bird Fair' yesterday - when I have had a good look & have time I'll post a review. First initial thoughts are that it is superb on those species it covers (necessarily limited). Above all, unlike most such guides, it's not "talking at you", but engaging you in a conversation.
Found it at http://www.dave59.com/?p=401 ... but it doesn't seem to want to load very quickly taking over ten minutes. However, the wait is worthwhile since right at the end you can see Mrs C (in red) and the rarest site imaginable, me (in my 14km T-shirt) getting the dosh out of my wallet to buy something! This is a testament to how good Martin's book really is!
Packed full of ideas/information/questions etc etc. Informative, educational, intriguing and inspirational. And then you get all the stuff hidden in the QR codes. . . .
We get Redpolls of all sizes and shapes throughout the year on Orkney - I am now suitably fired up to make an attempt at trying to find out what they are and where they come from - and every Bonxie will be given an extensive grilling from now on.
In exchange for a brown and a blue drinking voucher you get way more than your moneys worth.
I've gone through the book and it is a worthwhile purchase though think there should have been some tighter proof reading, numerous spelling mistakes, ie unerparts, missing words, which requires re-reading to make sense of the sentence, and the image of Marsh Warbler head is missing so can't compare directly with those of Reed and Blyth's Reed Warblers.
These quibbles aside will still provide another fine resource for the coming couple of months