All birders know that one of the big dangers to birds is the common, everyday window. Big windows near good habitat can be really bad for bird strikes so I wasn't surprised to find a stunned Yellow-bellied Sapsucker laying in front of one of the windows at my school yesterday morning. It didn't look good but I picked the beautiful male up from the ground, found a cardboard box in my office and put the little fellow into a quiet spot for a couple of hours.
Lo and behold I checked on him to find a bird that was alert and ready to go. Sometimes things do work out the way you hope they will. Just before release I had a student grab his camera and take a few shots for the old scrapbook.