He's wandered the high sierra of Spain in an Hawai'ian shirt in the depths of winter, pioneered the use of guerilla tactics to perfect his own form of hydro-terrorism and so create the mysterious Thomason Delta, and can sniff out a bacon butty from a thousand yards.
Ladies and Gentlemen, he is Tropical Thomason, and here's his latest news.....
Woke up this morning and drew back the curtains to show the world my attributes and there in our lime tree was a neat female blackcap in full sunshine.
I fumbled with my scope, tripod, camera, batteries and focussing, like Clint Eastwood in that spaghetti western as the baddies came up the stairs only I would have been shot, the bird gave up waiting.
Sorry this next stuff is a bit late,
17 Jan Birkdale N.R: After the last lot of rains, I decided to check out the usual snipe haunts and found 27 Common Snipe and 4 Jack Snipe, mild weather is keeping the numbers of winter thrushes down, could only find 4 Fieldfare.
Out today at Hundred End.
Area produced some good raptors, a dashing (in more ways than one) male Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier but alas no Buzzards.
Up to 30 Twite (see below) and as many Meadow Pipits along the bank.
The Blackcap was still about when I got back and I was quicker and slicker this time only the sun was now behind it, you could always use the shot (top picture) for a mystery bird quiz.
See ya friday,
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....