@sajith Could be a juvenile Field Sparrow.
@BobTarte Thank you! How do you tell?
@sajith I took a wild guess that you are in the Great Lakes area. So that eliminated sparrows from elsewhere in the country. The habitat is a field or meadow (but not a grassland), and that made Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, and Field Sparrow probable. The bird has a clear face, no marking. That immediately made me lean toward Field Sparrow, and it's the juveniles that have the really 'blank' face. I'd have to see more photos to make sure, but that's my best guess right now.
@sajith With most sparrows, I start with habitat, knowing a Swamp Sparrow won't be in a field. That kind of thing. And knowing in general which species are reasonable in Michigan. Then I look to see if the breast is clear or striped/spotted and look at the face (stripes?) and the top of the head (cap? stripes?), and that usually narrows it down. Sparrows can be tough, but not as bad as sandpipers and gulls.
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