Lake Merritt was the first place I touched soil -- or rather, marine sediment --after returning to the Bay Area from Los Angeles. We were perched above Oakland in a hotel room with just a sliver of a view, looking at the lake through what amounted to a castle loophole.
Hummingbirds occur only in the New World. There are occasional reports of hummingbirds in Europe but they're thought to be escaped from captivity. Fossilized skeletons of ancient hummingbirds were, however, found in Germany.