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Kris — September 03, 08:07PM

Do you/how do you report/record birds that are flying overhead?

I checked the articles concerning “Fly-over” status & they don’t really answer my question.
I live 2 blocks from a large inland lake, 1 mile from Lake Michigan so I get a lot of water fowl & other birds that are native to this area but don’t visit my backyard. (Such as bald eagles, sand hill cranes, gulls, Swift’s & swallows)
Is there a special way to record those?

Filmore — September 04, 02:17AM

Your yard list may certainly include fly-overs that you identify. It makes sense to add a comment regarding fly-over to such sightings.

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Dave — September 04, 05:20PM

Hi Kris,

You can use the "Flyover" breeding code at any time of year to mark birds flying over, if they are not using the habitat.
If your checklist is for just your yard, the "flyover" code would be correct for waterfowl, even if they are landing at the nearby lake. If your checklist is for, say, "My neighborhood" and includes the nearby lake, then the waterfowl would not be flyovers.
Note that the airspace overhead is part of the habitat, so species such as swifts or swallows are usually not flyovers since they are flying around catching insects. Raptors, such as your Bald Eagle would also not be classified as a "flyover", if it is soaring around looking for food. Obviously, there can some judgement involved, but as long as they are not using the habitat, birds can be marked as "Flyovers".
And as Fillmore stated, you can always add notes such as, "Flock flying towards Lake Michigan.", etc.

Hope this helps!


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