We spent half a day with Tom at Merritt Wildlife Refuge. His birding skills are amazing. His expertise with shorebird identification is exceptional. He knows his birds by their silhouettes, plumage, flight patterns and calls and is anxious to share his knowledge. We learned a lot and had a great time with him. In spite of not having great weather for birding - very windy, we identified at least 55 species. We added a couple of "lifers" as a result of our time with him. Anyone visiting central Florida or the mid eastern section would benefit from having Tom as their guide. He gets a "10" in our book. Plus he's a really nice guy.