I am trying to identify a series of books that I had read back in high school during the '90s. The story in question (as far as I can remember) is about a boy who is trained by his mother to be a wizard of some sort.
From what I can remember, the mother has to hand him off to another wizard for training, of which there are a few, but the mother has one in particular that she wants her son to train with. The boy is tricked somehow into going with a different wizard that the mother did not want him to go with… I think.
I believe the story also has something to do with a staff with a sparrow on top. When I search this I keep running into the Earthsea series but the story does not line up with what I remember.