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mckay's bunting

A rare visitor

A McKay's Bunting is a special sight. Named in honor of American naturalist Charles McKay, these birds summer and breed on a few remote islands in the Bering Sea, and they're a prize for birders due to their low population numbers. This male visited the icebreaker Healy, the U.S. Coast Guard's largest ship, during the recent WHOI Polar Discovery expedition.
(Photo by Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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