Hi, my first post, and a mystery to me.
In Eastbourne, UK last week, a lady was feeding birds bread crumbs. I noticed what I thought was a female House Sparrow until I saw an orange patch right at the front of the head, not extending quite as far back as I would think of a full crown. I thought it had butted its head against some paint, but there also seemed a faint orange on the neck. Then I saw 3 more birds in the same bush, same pattern on the head, but I couldn't see their necks.
I have no idea what I saw.
Sorry, I didn't have a camera with me.