[Tweeters] Reported Sprague Pipits at Baird Springs Road north of Quincy

B B birder4184 at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 14 14:53:34 PDT 2016

Apologies for any typos but my computer is down with virus so phone only.
Yesterday an Ebird report included a Sprague's Pipit on Baird's Springs Road in the Beezely Hills north of Quincy in Grant County.  
Jon Houghton and I were returning from a fun 2 day trip to Eastern WA and when we hit the I-90 and I-82intersection, since it would be a life bird for each of us, we decided to give it a try despite not knowing the observers and the report not including photos that were said to be added later.  We did NOT find the bird but provide this info for anyone who might be inclined to look.
The Ebird report says the bird was gound between Monument Road and J Road on Baird Springs.  However the map point included in Ebird is about 2 miles further East.  We covered the entire area.  The road is partially paved and partially gravel...both good and not busy.  There is some wonderful sage and some grassland/wheatfields partially cultivated.  
The Pipit was reported associating with a small group of Horned Larks. We found a few individual Horned Larks. The report covered 6 kilometers over 1+ hours.  We spent 90+ minutes covering maybe 5 miles.  It is a BIG area and a Pipit could easily be there and not seen.
A bummer to not find the possible Pipit but it was an interesting and worthwhile visit.  We had 25+ Lark Sparrows, 4 or 5 Loggerhead Shrikes, a Sage Thrasher and a couple Vesper Sparrows.  No Partridges (as reported) but definitely good habitat.  The sage was really healthy and would be worth a visit in the Spring.  
Hope the bird is really there and is foun again.  Good luck and hope this helps. 

Blair Bernson
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