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Primary threats to Sprague's Pipit breeding populations include degradation, fragmentation, and loss of native mixed-grass prairies (COSEWIC 2002, Environment Canada 2008, Jones 2010, USDI 2010).
Baird's Sparrows (Ammodramus bairdii), Grasshopper Sparrows (Ammodramus savannarum), Le Conte's Sparrows (Ammodramus leconteii), Sprague's Pipits (Anthus spragueii), Western Meadowlarks (Sturnella neglecta), and Bobolinks (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) were absent from unburned areas.
Visitors to the Sepulveda Basin could spot blue grosbeak, blue-winged teal, Eurasian wigeon, American avocet, solitary sandpiper, horned lark, Sprague's pipit, chestnut-collared longspur, and wintering Canada goose.
Only 14 Sprague's Pipit eggs were available for comparison, and the average of all 14 eggs was inserted to make up the missing value (Zar 1996).
Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii) is a ground-nesting passerine of the northern mixed-grass prairie and has been described as one of the least-known species in North America (Robbins and Dale 1999).
Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii) is an endemic ground-nesting passerine of the northern mixed-grass prairie.
RESULTS Natural cowbird parasitism was recorded for all six species and ranged from 5 to 28% with a pooled frequency of 15% for the entire community for both years (n = 306 nests): Sprague's Pipit (16%, n = 19 nests), Vesper Sparrow (20%, n = 40), Savannah Sparrow (28%, n = 47), Baird's Sparrow (16%, n = 70), Chestnut-collared Longspur (5%, n = 96), and Western Meadowlark (15%, n = 34).
returned Species Adults Nestlings Adults Nestlings Sprague's Pipit 48 160 1 0 Savannah Sparrow 37 193 2 3 Grasshopper Sparrow 45 138 4 0 Baird's Sparrow 117 103 6 0 Totals 247 594 13 3 % Species Adults Nestlings Sprague's Pipit 2.