Date: 4/13/18 7:49 am From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Dark-bellied Brant (B.b.bernicla) in Brooklyn
Yesterday morning (4/12) I birded a couple of spots along the Brooklyn coast with Alvaro Jaramillo, Scott Whittle, and Tom Stephenson. In addition to a couple of Red-necked Grebes in Gravesend Bay, and a nice mix of newly arrived short-distance migrant passerines (including 30 flickers) at Coney Island Creek Park, we had an apparent Dark-bellied Brant at the Six Diamonds ballfields adjacent to Coney Island Creek.
Dark-bellied Brant is the nominate taxon (Branta bernicla bernicla) which breeds in Siberia and winters around the North Sea. There are a handful of prior North American sight and specimen records, including a specimen from New Jersey.