There are genuine benefits in having friends as neighbours, especially if they're both knowledgeable birders! Two doors away from our bungalow live Sue & Peter, with whom we've shared many birding adventures (and more than a few bottles of wine, too!) Their house looks out over open fields and it's not uncommon for one or other of them to 'phone and alert me to a raptor or some other good bird flying past: it was Peter who first told me that Ring Ouzels are occasional visitors to the stubble field over our garden fence!
I was doing some office work when the phone rang: it was Peter to say that there were two Tree Sparrows on his bird feeders! I rushed round with my camera and managed a few shots from his bedroom window! The birds flew off across our garden, so that'll do for me! Fingers crossed they become regular visitors!