Do you have a Spark Bird? 
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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

American Robin

A Robin in our house

Ellen Emerson

Bufflehead Identification


I still can't see a bufflehead without thinking, "Hey, there's a bubblehead" and remembering time with my father.

David Gregg

Bufflehead Identification

Snowy Owl

A flash of movement caught my eye and I looked up to see a large white bird swooping to a landing.

Bill Thompson III