John Trott, who introduced me to birds. He also sparked my interest in reading. He asked my parents if he could give me “The Big Sky,” a rather raunchy novel (at least for a 1960s grade-schooler) about fur trappers in the Dakotas. I never imagined a book could be so cool. In the book, our doomed hero falls in love with a Blackfoot woman with eyes the shape of the moons on a teal’s face.
For more information about Blue-winged Teal, see my post of 5 May 2012.