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Birding Stories


Do you have a Spark Bird? 
Share your story!

Do you recall a time when you were first fully entranced by the outdoors? Was there a defining moment that transformed you into a passionate observer nature? This memory was a spark moment.


For birders, the concept of a spark moment is especially true. A “Spark Bird” is the bird that helped spark your interest in birding. It help open your mind to the fascination of birds and nature. It can appear at any time and can be any type of bird, be it a hummingbird, a hawk or a sparrow, but it formed a lasting impression. It usually comes with a nostalgic story. 

Spark Bird Stories

Chestnut-headed bee-eaters

Bufflehead Identification

Vermilion Flycatcher

A brilliant colored bird flew up to the picnic bench where I was sitting

Hank Kaestner

Bufflehead Identification

Chestnut-crowned Antpitta

What an odd-looking bird! The egg-like shape of the body and stick-like legs.

Chris Bensley

Bufflehead Identification

Eastern Bluebird

That bluebird represented something very important to me, because although I was kind of sad at that moment, it really sparked my interest not only on birds, but it just made me very happy.

Giovani Ortiz

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