Sparrow perched on the tree in the garden.
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The cap looked a lot browner in the original photo and I guess I didn't look close enough at the image once I'd brightened it a little. I was quite excited there for a moment, which probably makes you see what you want to see. It was still a lot less greyer than the other house sparrows in the garden but perhaps that's just me scrabbling for a defence. As ever, thanks for the correction.
Hi Andrew, a useful tip is that the male Tree Sparrow has a black cheek patch which is surrounded completely by the lighter face colour.
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An interesting one. They can interbreed...I have ringed one which was clearly a mixture of the two species, on plumage and size. The predominantly brown cap and the slight suggestion of a cheek patch...certainly worthy of a second look. Would have been interesting to see other pictures.
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A typical garden with grass, trees, bushes and paths. Road was built in the early twentieth century. Semi-rural location. Surrounding woodland extends to farmland. History of industry in the area.