Important: please keep your image under 700 pixels wide/high for in-line viewing, and please try to keep the FILE SIZE UNDER 300kb. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site (at Flickr, Photobucket, your own site, etc). Are you new to this thread? The general guidelines for these Thursday threads are right here. Remember: only one image each week!It's Thursday again! I'm starting to like Thursdays more than I used to. I used to look forward to Friday since its the end of the work week, and I still do, but now that we have our Thursday thread we can all look forward to the last two days of the week. Old man winter is here to stay, at least in Indiana, and with the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter its getting harder and harder to get out and shoot. This week's photo was one I snapped of this morning with the few spare minutes I had before work. Like I said, I shot this guy this morning before heading out. The birds are all over our yard, and they're especially active in the mornings. I hadn't shot anything this week so I grabbed the camera and fired off a few shots. After doing some reading in my Audubon Society Field Guide, I learned that this is a White-Crowned Sparrow, which winters here in the U.S. Apparently this is a favorite of bird watchers and lab scientists alike as much of what we know about bird migration comes from lab experiments involving this species. I also felt a little more accomplished after reading that the White-Crowned Sparrow is much less numerous here in the east than the similar White-Throated Sparrow. But just as I get excited about my morning photo op, I see the photos my soon to be mother in law shot of a Barred Owl that was perched literally feet from the road on her mail route today.