If I keep seeing this sparrow, it's possible I'll learn it. Apparently I've been thinking this was a Chipping Sparrow all my life, just because it has a rusty crown. But the tree sparrow, Spizella arborea, is larger/fatter, and it has a central spot on its breast. Here's the best picture.
My bird guru also tells me this one shows up for the winter here.
I also need to remember to look for that bi-colored beak. That's a big clue. More subtle things are the rustiness of the line behind the eye, and the buff on the sides.
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