Might be a golden crowned sparrow. White throated ones have REALLY white throats.
although immature white-throated sparrows can look like that.
I think you got it, Walter—juvy, GC sparrow.
Well captured, Bob!
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.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.
I bow to your expertise Larry. Thank youI 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.