After traversing huge mud flats and garbage piles on foot, shortly after my arrival at the Prince William Co. Landfill this morning, I spotted a mud soaked bird of some sort, sitting on one of the garbage piles off in the distance. I almost didn't recognize it as being a gull at first. Again, I walked a ways through the deep mud and ooze to get to this poor thing. Fortunately, there weren't many garbage trucks coming through then. I was able to walk up to the bird and because it had a broken wing, it wasn't able to fly off, but feebly attempted to hop away. I just reached down and gently grabbed the mud encrusted Ring-billed Gull, walked across the mud and garbage again, and placed the bird securely in a pet carrier I always have in the car. What was amazing about finding this bird was that it was so mud covered that it blended in with it's surroundings...how on earth did I pick it out? All the gulls were in flight during my short stay there, so when I saw this one hunkered down, I knew it needed help. After making many phone calls to rehabbers I know (they all happened to be down in Fredericksburg for a seminar), I finally found someone to take the bird, two hours later. By way of the Wildlife Rescue League, I found out that Great Falls Animal Hospital takes in injured wildlife, but I had to be there by 1 p.m. so I sped over as fast as I could. Made it just in time and the folks there were great. They had just started to examine the bird as I was leaving and was told it didn't look good. I figured they'd have to euthanize it but something in me just couldn't leave that bird to die at the landfill. Laura Catterton Manassas, Virginia You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.