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Vermilion Flycatcher

Hank Kaestner

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My Spark Bird story:

I was visiting my grandparents in Mexico City when I was 10 years old. Until then I was interested in collecting butterflies. As a budding naturalist, when a brilliant colored bird flew up to the picnic bench where I was sitting, I wondered what the name of that bird was. I didn’t have a way to find out then, but the next day I was in a bookstore. There was a bird book with a photo of the bird I had seen the day before on the cover. I bought the book and identified the bird as a Vermilion Flycatcher, common in the western and southwestern United States, but not so much in my hometown of Baltimore. I was hooked.

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