By: Pat Coate
These photos are also from Piney Tract (aka Mt. Zion Grasslands), near Sligo, PA. Piney Tract is a reclaimed strip mine that is now an Important Birding Area. The clay-colored sparrows we saw there were life birds for me.
On the drive down I was lucky to sit next to Robert Bochenek. He shared aspects of his very interesting career and life story, as well as many of the pictures he took throughout the Roger Tory Peterson Festival. I have included a picture he took of a clay-colored sparrow and will be sharing more over the next several weeks.
This picture captures many of the field marks of the clay-colored sparrow – “light crown stripe and sharply outlined ear patch, pales lores, gray collar” (from Peterson Field Guide, Birds of Eastern and Central North America, 5th edition).
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