Fortunately we don't have house sparrows at our current home in semi rural Central Ohio. They were a common site in our neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Click on this article if you are considering building bird boxes for songbirds. Definitely not a favorite bird of mine.
A lady sparrow. To differentiate between sparrows, I started with this one. The light stripe behind the eyes and plain breast are tell-tale signs. Once you've locked in these characteristics, it becomes much easier to pick out less common but similar-looking birds.