This morning I spent some time at Blue Chip Farms and Shawangunk Grasslands. My target species was Upland Sandpiper, which I never found at either location. I did have a nice morning and some good birds. I spent most of my time with the Grasshopper Sparrows as I don’t get to see these that often. They were very cooperative this morning, coming right up on the viewing platform and the warning sign at the end of the ramp. This has got to be one of the easiest locations anywhere to photograph this uncommon sparrow. Bobolink, Field, Song and Savannah Sparrow were also present as well as Eastern Meadowlark, American Kestrel and Willow Flycatchers. A nice assortment of birds. It was also nice to get to meet Scott, Ralph Tabor’s new assistant at the refuge. Scott is very enthusiastic about the refuge and helping Ralph with the many endeavors at the refuge. Its nice to have him aboard.