Bird Rescue News Round-Up, August 27

In this week’s roundup: the Hooded Warbler’s comeback in Canada, animal cruelty in Malibu, and shorebirds confronting hurricanes during fall migration.

—How will shorebirds on the cusp of fall migration be affected by Tropical Storm Isaac? [American Bird Conservancy]

—The New York Times interviews filmmaker Chris Jordan about his in-production documentary Midway on plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatrosses, who often mistake the refuse for prey and feed it to their young. (International Bird Rescue covered the upcoming doc earlier this summer, click here to read.) [NYT]

—A homeless man is charged with felony animal cruelty after strangling a pelican at the Malibu pier. [KTLA News]

—In Scotland, hundreds of racing pigeons go missing. [Telegraph]

—15 years ago, only 100 breeding pairs of Hooded Warblers (pictured right) were estimated to be found in Canada, making it one of the country’s most endangered birds. Now, the population has increased dramatically — for reasons that are unclear. [Postmedia News via Ottawa Citizen; photo by Glenn Lowson for Postmedia News]

—The Federal Aviation Administration falling behind on efforts to avert wildlife strikes by airplanes. [Bloomberg News]

—…I’ve Been Cheat-ed…: Male Rock Sparrows react to infidelity from a mate by increasing their song volume, according to research by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Austria and the University of Copenhagen. [Science Daily]

—Video: WildRescue saves a hawk snagged high in a tree, probably for days. [WildRescue Blog]

Whimbrel migratory photo by Alex Lamoreaux, Center for Conservation Biology