If you look at Field Guides you will see that Rock Sparrows are shown with a bright yellow spot on the throat. To see this feature in the field is incredibly difficult especially as birds often sit in a hunched position. I was watching a flock of over 50 Rock Sparrows this evening in our local vineyards and was photographing one individual on a small building. When I looked at the pictures there clearly was a very prominent yellow spot.
Rock Sparrow revealing the "yellow spot"
Today was otherwise fairly uneventful. I did have a wonderful ten minutes watching a male Golden Oriole calling and feeding in my back hedge and later a Woodchat Shrike was singing from the top of a pine tree. I am hoping the latter is part of the pair which nested by the garden last year.
Also in the vineyards the small number of Bee-eaters have dug some nest holes in a sandy bank so I am hopeful that a new colony is forming. A late Black Kite hurried north and a splendid Tawny Pipit posed for a while.