By: Pat Coate
The Roger Tory Peterson Birding Festival was held this past Friday and Saturday in and around Jamestown, NY. On Friday I joined about 15 others and we loaded up the Jamestown Audubon van, picked up a few more along the way and headed down to Piney Tract (aka Mt. Zion Grasslands), near Sligo, PA. Piney Tract is a reclaimed strip mine that is now an Important Birding Area and contains mostly grasslands habitat. The target birds were grassland sparrows – Henslow’s, Grasshopper and Clay-colored. We were 3 for 3 and all were life birds for me!