This week in birding news has it all covered. Er, sort of. To wit:
Cormorants in the crosshairs—the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers believes thinning their numbers will help save salmon in the Columbia River. (Image above by Peter Wallack/Wikimedia Commons)
Magpies sometimes get a bad rap, but a new study finds that kleptomania shouldn’t be part of it.
Some jerk (I’d use a stronger word, but this is a family-friendly website) in Wisconsin is shooting raptors.
Birding in the Bronx? Yep, at the Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary.
San Francisco aims to study and deter birdstrikes; participants can earn “bird-friendly resident” honors.
Another study, led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Maine, will use “nano-tags” to track migrating birds.
The USFWS (along with another federal agency) is facing a lawsuit that blames solar-power plants for killing endangered Yuma Clapper Rails and other birds.
Why the hummingbirds at your feeder demand sugar, sugar, and more sugar, even though birds lack a genetic sweet tooth. Science!
In still more food news, pollen traces indicate where birds migrating to Britain make pit stops.