@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.
@knippy @sajith Nice hearing from you! The main place to start is a general sense of which sparrows are in your area right now. Some sparrows only come through during migration. That eliminates many field guide choices. You can use ebird.org to find out what sparrows people are seeing in your area right now no matter where you live.
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