No problem. Re i.d. always best to start with the obvious. The only thing, IMO, suggesting it isn't a house sparrow is the apparent dark mark on the cheek. IMO that black mark isn't quite large enough for it to be a tree sparrow. However, leaving whether it is or isn't, the pro house sparrow theory has several things in its favour:- 1) Apparent grey ear coverts 2) Apparent whiteish mark directly behind eye 3) One white wing bar. 4) Pale bill that immature males routinely have. (not withstanding rare conditions that may occur elsewhere) 5) Large bill (seems too large for tree sparrow?) 6) Brown crown appears more house sparrow brown than tree sparrow. 7) Crown continues down, extending below dark patch on cheek and round under ear covert (tree sparrow ear coverts are whiter and cut across crown preventing it extending down and around).
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I am not familiar with SE, so got to admit I wasn’t aware there were still tree sparrows clinging on there. In that case, I guess hybrid suggestion might be reasonable. Had a very quick flick through photos of hybrids. All the ones I found had more overlapping features than just dark face patch, but hard to tell from photo if there is more. Looking forward to any new photos!
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