On Friday I had truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At Pocahontas State Park by the pool complex, we were busily getting ready for this weekend's opening day. The park's maintenence staff was raking and burning debris, while I had our guys out there powerwashing the deck. I was busy with other staff opening newly-arrived uniforms and dividing them up in the staff break room. Imagine the suprise of the 3 teenagers with me when a disoriented and struggling Hummingbird flew in, fluttering about, looking for a place to land and hide. The poor little bird draped itself over the little wooden lip of a coat rack, and I had a chair and was up there in the blink of an eye. I tucked in the outspread and prostrate wings, then cupped my hands to gently lift our unexpected little visitor up from there. I brought her (when I got a peek at the underside I discovered this was a female) out and toward the treeline, and then crouched near a small tree. Poor thing had dust and debris on her head and beak from her unplanned landing, so I carefully brushed that off. Also noticed the eyes laboriously opening and closing, and I know from having birds in my home with me that this could indicate a few things: shock, exhaustion, and repiratory trouble. I decided to simply sit and wait, and I'll never forget the feeling of teeny tiny little black feet perched on my pinky finger. When she regained her strength a bit, she spread her wings and then began that rapid fanning until she took off from my hand and flew (relatively) slowly up and into a tall oak tree. I'm thinking that all the noise, debris in the air and smoke from the controlled fire probably did a little number on the poor bird, and she was really having a hard time. I hope she's OK now, and I'll certainly never forget holding a little jewel in my hands like that! Happy Birding. Irene in Southside You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.