Hi Doug and all,

I think this bird looks very good for bernicla. The flank pattern (not boldly 
and broadly white), the dark upperparts, and the smoky tone to the gray-brown 
parts of the plumage are all appropriate for bernicla, and the first and last 
of these three characters differ from the condition in the birds that we have 
tentatively identified as Gray-bellied Brant in the East.

Best,
Shai
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Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 10:49 AM
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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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