I was out birding the county this morning with mixed results. I had some unusually good photo opportunities, but not the best birds. Shore birds at Morningside were down to just three birds (1 Least, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers). At the Apollo Plaza, an unusual photo op occurred. A juvenile Osprey was playing in the water, not bathing, just exploring. It made for some interesting shots. At Morningside, the skittish Double-crested Cormorant finally held still for some shots. I’ve attached one of each. On the more exciting side, Rob Stone (he’s done it again!) found a LARK SPARROW on the Winding Waters Trail in the Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge. I zoomed down to try for the bird, but it was a no show at first. Rob finally had to leave, but Scott Baldinger showed up shortly thereafter. We watched for the bird in a drainage ditch for nearly and hour and a half when Scott suddenly said he had a bird as far back as it was possible to see. Sure enough, it was the Lark Sparrow. We didn’t have the greatest looks, only the head was showing as it picked seeds. The very distinct head pattern of black, white and chestnut was easily seen. Even so, I wanted to see more. Both Scott and I were thrilled when the bird finally jumped up on the grasses, showing its gleaming white breast and belly! It quickly ducked back into the undergrowth, but we had seen enough to know for sure it was the bird in question. Thanks to Rob for finding the bird and Scott for spotting it again. Great birding!