Rose headshot with cockatiel

Welcome to Spark Lark!

My name is Stephanie Rose and I love everything birds.

I’m an avian biologist and long-time birdwatcher. I worked with birds in a rescue/rehabilitation clinic but now focus on raising my son.

In order to foster a love of birds and nature with my son, we’ve been revamping our backyard with feeders and bird-friendly plants.

Along with attracting birds comes striking a balance to keep birds out of our vegetable garden in a humane way. Squirrels and other garden “pests” are discouraged from our feeders as well.


B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science (focus on ornithology)
Avian wetland biologist
Avian Technician for wild rehabilitated birds
Wildlife educator and presenter for 12 years
Volunteer Bluebird next box surveyor

What Is A “Spark Bird”?

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A “spark bird” is the birding terminology for the bird that sparked your initial interest in birds. This is the bird that opened up your eyes to the beauty of birds and got you interested in birdwatching.

“Spark birds” can be any species. In fact, they can be birds you’ve seen hundreds of times before but perhaps never paid attention to. For whatever reason, that day they caught your attention and you can never see them the way you did before.

My “Spark Bird”

Larks were the first birds that caught my eye. I had heard of the saying “happy as a lark” but never really thought much about it.

I was living in Virginia Beach at the time and was out on a hike. While out, I saw this little brown bird that I didn’t think twice about until it turned around.

That’s when I saw its yellow throat patch and the black striping on its head. I had never seen one before and had to look it up. It was a horned lark. Since then, I was hooked on birding.

Even what appears to be a “boring” brown bird can sometimes surprise you. This is how the name SPARK LARK was born.