This week in birding news has it all covered. Er, sort of. To wit:

As if beach-nesting birds don’t have enough problems, along comes a new scourge: nudists. Brings a new meaning to the term “shake your tail feathers”!

Disregard what Mary Poppins advises; in Swansea, UK, feeding the birds will cost you (and a whole lot more than tuppence).

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.

Written by Meredith Mann
The lowly Red-winged Blackbirds in suburban New York triggered Meredith Mann's interest in birds. Five years later, she's explored some of the the USA's coolest hotspots, from Plum Island in Massachusetts to the Magic Hedge in Chicago to the deserts of Fallon, Nevada. She recently migrated from the Windy City (where she proudly served as a Chicago Bird Collision Monitor, rescuing migrants from skyscrapers and sidewalks) to Philadelphia, where she plans to find new editing and writing gigs; keep up her cool-finds chronicle, Blog5B; and discover which cheesesteak really is the best. And she will accept any and all invitations to bird Cape May, NJ.