anas (duck) cyanoptera (from kuanos, blue, and pteron, wing)
Friday, April 6, 1984 — 1:35 pm
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico
Almost as soon as I saw the American Avocets, I saw the Cinnamon Teals. They were swimming in a shallow pool near the headquarters building. Occasionally, one would dip end-up in the water. The pond was surrounded by dry scrub.
We turned onto the auto-tour route that circled a large slough. It was a dirt road, and Dad immediately began worrying about the van and how loaded down it was. Every time I hit a bump, he yelled at me, although I was going about three mph and the entire road was bumps. It was a one-way road and I had no choice but to continue. He seemed unwilling to understand this and began nagging me to leave. This didn’t make for very pleasant birding, but I did my best.