rescuing birds

November 23rd, 2008

The trouble with this article is that whether I open it in Firefox or Explorer, I still can’t see what the second bird rescued was. I guess this computer’s Chinese vocabulary just isn’t big enough. No, wait… although it refuses to display Chinese characters on the desktop, this computer generally doesn’t give me any trouble displaying Chinese in either browser…. So what could the problem be?

Anyway, the first bird was a 雕枭, or a…. what? Can’t find it in the dictionary or nciku, nor in Baidu Baike. Oh, wait, the BDBK entry for 枭 has a picture of one. So it must be some kind of owl. But that is a strange and most uninformative entry, so I have no idea what kind of owl. And although both my dictionary and nciku agree that 雕 means vulture, BDBK seems to think it means greater spotted eagle. This post calls it an ‘eagle owl’. Ah! Wikipedia to the rescue! And perhaps we could get even more specific. Ah, finally, confirmation that that more specific wikipedia article is about the same owl- although this gives it a different English name: Northern Eagle Owl. Latin names match, though, so that’s good enough for me.

As for the second bird rescued, all I’ve got appearing on my screen is 小䴙䴘. A little googling turns up this for that missing first character and this for the second, but I still can’t find any characters. So it’s a little qixi or qixie, apparently. How the hell I’m supposed to find out what kind of bird that may be, I don’t know. Oh wait! The article says it’s also called 水葫芦! Water hyacinth? Is this a bird or a flower we’re rescuing here? John found it: It’s a grebe. Thanks John.

Anyway, so out in Yanqing two wild birds, one an eagle owl, the other a something, were rescued. 京报网’s correspondents Wang Yuling and Feng Shuzhen report:

11月19日上午11时,几个中年人将一只雕枭送到了延庆林业局生态站。当时,他们正好路过延庆南菜园加油站,忽然头顶上有个“黑影”飞过,定睛一看,一 只大鸟跌跌撞撞掉到了地上。有人认出来是雕枭,马上打了一辆出租车来到了林业局。无独有偶,下午3时左右,又有一个市民在东湖公园遛弯时,碰到了一只小 鸟,怯生生地趴在地上一动不动,捡回来直接送到了林业局。

At 11 am on the 19 November a few middle aged people took an eagle owl to the Yanqing Forestery Bureau eco-station. At the time they had just been passing Yanqing Nancaiyuan Petrol Station when suddenly a “black shadow” flew over their heads. As they looked, a large bird staggered and fell to the ground. One of them recognised it as an eagle owl and immediately hired a taxi and went to the forestry bureau. This was not the only incident. At about 3 in the afternoon, another citizen, while strolling in Donghu Park, came across a small bird lying timidly on the ground motionless, and picked it up and took it to the Forestery Bureau.

In one day an eagle owl and a grebe both rescued. The eagle owl is a large bird of prey and a class 2 state protected animal. The grebe is also called a water gourd  [?!?!?] because with its short, round body, it floats on the water just like a gourd.
笔者在生态站见到了被救助的雕枭和小䴙䴘,它们被放置在两个箱子里,将送往北京市野生动物救护中心接受救治。雕枭站起来个头有70厘米左右,体重达5公 斤,羽毛黄棕色。工作人员小心翼翼地将其从箱子里拿出来时,雕枭不停地扑腾着翅膀。小䴙䴘,圆圆笨笨的身体上长着黑褐色的羽毛,温顺地站着。

Your correspondent say the rescued eagle owl and grebe at the eco-station. They had been put in two boxes and were to be sent to the Beijing Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre for treatment. The eagle owl stands around 70 centimetres tall, weighs up to 5 kilograms, and has cinnamon-coloured feathers. When workers carefully and reverently took it out of the box, the eagle owl constantly thumped its wings. The grebe had dark brown feathers on its round and cumbersome body and was standing docilely.


“At this point, these two birds mental outlook and feeding re fine. Perhaps the eagle owl collided with a tree or another object when he was flying, and maybe the grebe had trouble foraging, was tired and hungry, was out of strength. After a few days rest and reorganisation at the Rescue and Rehabilitation, it’ll be able to be released,” said the assistant head of the eco-station Yue Zhiqin.

今年,生态站成了动物“应急站”,从年初到现在,站里已经救助野生动物33只,其中有国家二级保护动物雕鸮、大鵟、燕隼、红角鸮等,北京市二级保护动物及 其他保护动物夜鹭、寒鸦、普通秋沙鸭、斑鸠、獾子等。村民发现受伤的动物,有的直接送过来,有的给生态站打电话,保护意识非常强。有时候一天会有两三起救 助,而在前几年一年也就十几起。

This year the eco-station became an animal “emergency station” and from the start of the year till now, 33 wild animals have been assisted at the station, including such class 2 state protected animals as the eagle owl [eh? how is that different from 雕枭? BDBK doesn’t seem to list 雕枭 as an alternative name], the upland buzzard, the Eurasian hobby, and the Eurasian Scops owl and such Beijing Municipal class 2 protected animals and other protected animals as the Black-crowned night heron, the Eurasian jackdaw, the common merganser, the turtle dove, and the Eurasian badger. When villagers discover injured animals, some take them directly to the eco-station, others phone the eco-station. Their conservation consciousness is very strong. Sometimes their will be two or three rescues in a day, but in the previous few years there’d be only a dozen rescues each year.

6 Responses to “rescuing birds”

  1. John Says:

    My character dictionary has 䴙䴘 (pìtī), which it glosses as “grebe”. Neither character is in my big dictionary.

  2. wangbo Says:

    Thanks, John. I have it in my big dictionary, but the characters still don’t show up on this computer. I guess I’m going to have to find a way to fix that whole in the computers vocabulary. Or perhaps insist on getting a new laptop next weekend….

  3. John Says:

    I’d guess that you don’t have a font which includes them. The odd thing is that they must be in some font I have, but I’m unable to find the simplified anywhere. I can find the traditional characters without any bother. They’re not even in the CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B set. Most vexatious.

  4. wangbo Says:

    That is precisely the problem, and it’s a problem I spent half the afternoon trying and failing to resolve. Vexatious indeed.

  5. John Says:

    All right, here’s some of the answer. I found the characters, but they’re in the CJK Unified Ideographs Extension A block – right next to each other. The Unicode hex code for pì is 4d19; that for tī 4d18. If you’ve got the SimSun font, then they should show up.

    I’d suggest that you download a program called Babelmap. If you hit F7, you can then select a Unicode sub-range and the program will tell you which fonts have it and how many of its characters the font contains.

  6. wangbo Says:

    I tried getting that font and had no luck. I’ll try again later. I’ll probably need to put some money on the internet first and wait for it to get back up to normal speeds before I go downloading any more stuff, though. Lately I’ve done a bit too much of that. Got that BabelMap, but I definitely need new fonts before I can see these characters.