What we thought might be a slow midsummer banding session was actually pretty good - 23 birds of 14 species. Quite the variety. As often happens this time of year we had lots of juvenile birds including the young sparrow pictured below. We spent a significant amount of time running this bird through the key to come to our conclusion. What I'd like to hear is other people's opinions.
What is this bird and why do you think that? You can double click the images to make them larger for a more detailed view.
It was netted on the edge of a large grassland.
It had a buffy throat with a bit of streaking.
The feathers of the back were relatively dark.
The retrices were very pointed and long.
The top of the head had a median stripe.
I'll post our identification and some more photos of this bird later. Until then have fun!