Help in identifying small bird please

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I have this ongoing problem with trying to identify small sparrow type birds. Is this a sparrow? or a finch?
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I'm thinking a white throated sparrow..?
 
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Might be a golden crowned sparrow. White throated ones have REALLY white throats.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden-crowned_Sparrow/id

although immature white-throated sparrows can look like that.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden-crowned_Sparrow/species-compare/64980331

I think you got it, Walter—juvy, GC sparrow.


Well captured, Bob!
I'm thinking white-throated due to the lack of any yellow on the crown of its head. Even the juvenile golden crowned ones have some yellow.
Thanks for your feedback Walter, Nick and Bill. I don't think I've ever had GC Sparrow around here...or maybe had one that I didn't recognize. This one through me off - the White Throated sparrows in my yard have an obvious white throat. And it's definitely not looking like a white crowned sparrow.
 
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I see that a couple of people fell into the trap of identifying a bird without taking into account its location. A Golden-crowned Sparrow east of the rockies would have the rare bird alerts humming. This White-throated Sparrow would be best described as a first winter individual, the juvenile phase having ended last August.
 
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I see that a couple of people fell into the trap of identifying a bird without taking into account its location. A Golden-crowned Sparrow east of the rockies would have the rare bird alerts humming. This White-throated Sparrow would be best described as a first winter individual, the juvenile phase having ended last August.
I bow to your expertise Larry. Thank you
 
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