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31 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

I think it's a weird Song Sparrow.

Really ? Why? The bird wasn’t acting like the ones I get at my yard, it was barely moving much, and it had a very weird crown. Also, in person, it barely had a tail. It had one, so not injured, but it was very short. Oooh! Rufous-crowned sparrow?

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17 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Really ? Why? The bird wasn’t acting like the ones I get at my yard, it was barely moving much, and it had a very weird crown. Also, in person, it barely had a tail. It had one, so not injured, but it was very short. Oooh! Rufous-crowned sparrow?

I can say with 100 percent certainty this is not a Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Besides from the fact that they are habitat specialists, the whole bird looks wrong for the species.

I'm not certain this is a Song Sparrow, that's just the general impression I'm getting from this bird, I could certainly seeing this bird being a Swamp Sparrow too, especially with that first photo, but it appears to be a rarity in your area and I have no experience with the species. 

Definitely try to get more photos if it comes back, it's quite a interesting bird. 

 

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The short tail is probably just the tail growing back. It takes quite a while for it to grow back to normal length and until then it will look stubby.

There is a magpie near me who’s tail has been growing back for a good 3-4 months. It’s just now looking back to normal, but he stood out like a sore thumb as magpies have very long tails. 

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I can only speak for myself here but this looks to me like a totally ordinary song sparrow with really weird posture. Since you saw a short tail, I'm wondering [ =wildly speculating with no knowledge or experience] if this bird is injured somehow. Did you see it perching or supporting its weight on its legs? Given it's in your yard, if it's still there in the morning I'd consider capturing it and calling your local wildlife rescue.

This might be ludicrous though so I'd welcome a correction from someone more experienced.

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Although I realize my opinion holds no weight in this situation, as I have zero experience with western sparrows, but I am having trouble seeing this as a song sparrow. What features specifically are pointing to SOSP here over other species? Myself, the facial pattern pointed me straight to Clay-colored/Brewer's/Chipping, as well as the lack of streaking. I realize that the way the feathers are held can drastically affect the appearance of streaks and many other features. Disregarding the thin malar, what else are the people who say this is a Song Sparrow seeing that is pointing them in this direction? Thank you!

@Tony Leukering @Connor Cochrane @Hasan?

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1 minute ago, Avery said:

Although I realize my opinion holds no weight in this situation, as I have zero experience with western sparrows, but I am having trouble seeing this as a song sparrow. What features specifically are pointing to SOSP here over other species? Myself, the facial pattern pointed me straight to Clay-colored/Brewer's/Chipping, as well as the lack of streaking. I realize that the way the feathers are held can drastically affect the appearance of streaks and many other features. Disregarding the thin malar, what else are the people who say this is a Song Sparrow seeing that is pointing them in this direction? Thank you!

@Tony Leukering @Connor Cochrane @Hasan?

That’s exactly my thought. This looks nothing like my regular song sparrows, this is a photo I took on Saturday in my yard, that really doesn’t look like this song sparrow. 
if I get more photos with my camera today, I will for sure post them. Hanks for alll the suggestions! 
@Averythis is what I took: 

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