After unhappily shoveling six wet inches of snow from the paths and steps, cleaning snow from my car and snapping off the rear windshield wiper, (making necessary a quick run to Hart and Mead for a new set), finally I was off to Burlington; late of course, and by now in a rather foul mood. However, heading north as I started down the big dip on Rte 116 just south of Cheesefactory Rd., I glanced to my right where a power line runs over the road and off into the woods to see a Barred Owl, of all things, sitting smack on the middle of the snow-covered wire. He turned his head and gave me a doleful look as I passed by. This was at 11:30 and I didn't stop for fear of upsetting him further on what must be a really tough day for the Owl to be out at that hour. Later, while heading back to Hinesburg, at 2:45 I passed what I think are the same two Red-tailed Hawks Eric Hynes photographed last week, perched together again on the same dead tree. Farther down the road the Barred Owl was nowhere to be seen, thankfully, but my day's brightened indeed!