In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on swallows and swifts: nature’s messengers

A swallow feeding chicks in Scotland. ‘These are worrying times. Billions of birds are disappearing.’ Photograph: Thomas Hanahoe/Alamy
A swolo fīdñ ćics in Scotḷnd. ‘Ɖz r wuriyñ tîmz. Biłnz v brdz r dis’pirñ.’ Foṭgraf: Toṃs Haṇho/Aḷmi

Ɖ Gardịn vy on swoloz n swifts: nećr’z mesinjrz

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Sunday 22 May 2022)

Mîgṛnt brdz cari inḟmeśn arnd ɖ glob. Ẃn ɖer arîvl z dleid, w śd wuri

Súnde, 22 Me 2022

Swifts r bac in YC scîz, ptñ an end t ɖ ańl hieṭs ẃn nećr sīmz t hold its breʈ, awêtñ s’xesiv wevz v mîgṛnt brdz huz twiṭrñ z ɖ sǎndscep v sumr. Bt ɖz r wuriyñ tîmz. Ɖ swift hz jônd ɖt tṛdiśnl heṛld v sumr, ɖ ccu, on ɖ RSPB’z lêtist red list v indenjrd spīśīz, folowñ a 58% fōl in ɖer numbrz sins 1995.

Biłnz v brdz r dis’pirñ, acordñ t a rport rlist ɖs munʈ. “Brdz trūli r ɖ cnẹri in ɖ colmain az indcetrz fr ɖ hlʈ v ǎr planit, gvn ɖer snṣtivti t īcosistmćenjz, ɖer ybiqti arnd ɖ planit, n hǎ wel studid ɖe r,” sd Ptriśa Zurita, v BrdLîf Inṭnaśnl.

Ɖ frêz “cnẹri in ɖ colmain” hz a ny potnsi in ǎr tîm v invîrnmntl crîsis. Colmainrz carid cejd cnẹriz t worn v līʈl gasz, in an inḍstri ɖt z nǎ itslf larjli xtñt, bt hz left a dedli leġsi in ɖ er ɖt w briɖ. Hvr, ɖ imij hz rizn abv its oṛjinz, marcñ ɖ c’lectiv conśsnis. “Ɖ cejd brd sñz / wɖ a firfl tril / v ʈñz uņoun,” rout Maia Anɉlu, trnñ it intu an embḷm v ɖ sivl-rîts muvmnt in ɖ YS.

Ǎtsd cejz, brdz hv a difṛnt mīnñ. “Ɖ flayñ brd z ɖ ultiṃt simbl v frīdm. Ɖe d’nt nǒ bordrz, ɖe nīd no vīzaz or pmiśnz,” rout Olexandr Rŭćcó, hu hz bn līdñ brdwoćñ turz in Lviv fr refyjīz fṛm hiz cuntri’z śatrd sitiz, in a cuntridayri coḷm fr ɖ Gardịn. In tîmz v trōma, ɖ rtrn v brdz – in ɖs ces ɖ storc – hz olwz bròt hop. In ɖ Old Tsṭmnt, it wz a duv ɖt śoud Noa ol wz nt lost, bî cariyñ an olivbranć t ɖ arc.

Bt brdz r olso uņowbl crīćrz, huz īvluśn dvrjd fṛm ɖt v mamlz in ɖ dîṇsor ira, n huz svîvl scilz ćalinj comn nośnz v intelijns. In ɖ absns v īẓli c’lectbl evidns, ɖ Cnedịn orṇʈoḷjist Louis Lefebvre fél bac on aṇcdot in cnstructñ ẃt wd bcm ɖ frst scel v evịn intelijns. H rcordd cǎbrdz ɖt pict ʈru duñ wɖ twigz, heṛnz ɖt fiś wɖ flîz az beit, n vulćrz ɖt prćt on barbd wîr abv maind land, wêtñ fr pasñ anṭlops t blo ɖmslvz p. “Mni v ǎr ćeriśt formz v inṭlect apir t hv ivolvd in brdz qt sepṛtli n artḟli rît alñsd ǎr ǒn,” rout Jenifr Ackerman in hr bstselñ bc Ɖ Jīńs v Brdz.

Ɖ swifts ɖt md ɖer we bac fṛm suɖn Africa nvr land xpt t le n hać ɖ nxt jeṇreśn. Ɖe cn cloz wn î n snd haf v ɖer bren t slīp in ordr t cmplit ɖer epic flît. “Swifts r majicl in ɖ manr v ol ʈñz ɖt xist jst a litl bynd unḍstandñ,” raits Heḷn Mcdonld in hr pǎrfl esec’lex́n Vsprflîts. So mni sć mîgṛnts hv bn omiṇsli lêt ɖs yir. Ɖ ʈt ɖt wn de ɖe mt nt rtrn at ol z wn ɖt w ignor at ǎr peṛl.

Instroduction to Ñspel

23/05/2022

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