As I didn’t couldn’t identify what sparrow I was looking at I turned to the Audubon bird guide and found it most closely matched the description of the Fox Sparrow. More through investigation turned up that there are four recognized subspecies with the Red being the one most common in this area.
The Fox Sparrow’s breeding grounds are in northern Canada with Pennsylvania being a part of its winter range.
Although I have seen this sparrow or some of its kin around our feeding area numerous times it has been quite an illusive bird. Most of the time it is busy scratching in the underbrush and seldom has it lit in a position where taking its photograph was possible.