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Chipping Sparrow? Oddly set eye? Juvenile or female? Bryce Canyon City, Sunset Point

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I saw this apparent sparrow on the ground inside the asphalt concrete parking circle serving Sunset Point (https://goo.gl/maps/ZzUNt5ruXVYqj7jA8). Seen on Aug 6 2020.

Best I can determine it might be a female or juvenile Chipping Sparrow.

I also note that the eye seems strangely positioned in the cranial cavity, almost like it is facing the camera while the bill is pointed away from the camera. The upper eyelid doesn't run parallel to the bill, but rather points a considerable angle downward. Is this just an optical illusion based on the 3/4 rear angle of the shot?

https://imgur.com/a/Kmbk7Ec

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ahh yes i was looking at dark eyed juncos and one variety appeared to match but so many varieties i was not confident. it's in sibley as "slate-colored" variety.

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32 minutes ago, BirdNrd said:

Junco!

 

30 minutes ago, akandula said:

I agree with a young Dark-eyed Junco. It's probably closing its eye slightly.

could be "Gray-headed" or "Slate-colored" variety.

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13 hours ago, Soohegan said:

"Slate-colored"

Not in Utah. Juvenile juncos molt before migration and junco migration does not happen and Slate-colored does not breed anywhere in the western US.

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