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.

Photos are in the checklist here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44494085

Good Birding
-Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.

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