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

Northern Flicker

One day I saw two "new" birds on a branch, facing each other and doing a "dance".

Ken Klapper

Bufflehead Identification

Northern Cardinal

They appeared outside my window at a difficult time, seemingly dancing with joy

Christine Beckwith Bensley

Bufflehead Identification

American Robin

A Robin in our house

Ellen Emerson