Silent running

Rainbow lorikeet (trichoglossus haematodus). Image by fir0002flagstaffotos, licensed under Creative Commons.

Rainbow lorikeet (trichoglossus haematodus). Image by fir0002flagstaffotos, licensed under Creative Commons.

Hi all,

I’ll be taking 4 weeks holiday from tomorrow, so the blog may be a bit quieter than usual. But hopefully I’ll be back on deck in January, and in the meantime you may get some posts from other writers.

In other news, it’s cricket season, and today is the second day of the Ashes (for non-cricketing readers, the Ashes is a Test cricket series – the name comes from a satirical obituary written on the victory of Australia over England in 1882. The obituary stated that this marked the death of English cricket, and the body would be cremated and sent to Australia).

So all of Adelaide is either at the cricket or watching or listening to it. Since our group lives on the top of the tallest and ugliest building in the University, we can see Adelaide oval from our windows, although it’s hugely disappointing that we can’t see much of the action. My consolation is that the birds are out: I saw a couple of rosellas in a bottlebrush on the way in to work, the rainbow lorikeets are flitting about in large numbers, and the kookaburras that live around the campus are laughing from the trees and the rooftops.

So enjoy yourselves and check out some of our past posts, and hopefully you’ll hear from me again in January. :-)

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5 Responses to Silent running

  1. Since our group lives on the top of the tallest and ugliest building in the University

    WIN! You get the nice views, and don’t have to see your ugly building in them.

    P.S. The rainbow lorikeet is spectacular. I have some Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers visiting the suet feeder these days.

    • Alison Jobling says:

      Good point there about the value of being inside the building rather than outside. It also makes it easy to direct visitors to the thing – no-one has ever got lost using my directions.

      Yes, the lorikeet is spectacular, but they’re also incredibly noisy: they frequent various large gums at various times, mostly around sunrise and sunset, and the cacophony is unbelievable.

  2. herr doktor bimler says:

    We have a small but stable population of rosellas on this side of the ditch. For a while there were neighbours a block or so away with a pair of rainbow lorikeets; they were allowed out sometimes, one at a time (knowing that the liberated bird would always fly home after a while to be with its partner), and tended to hang out in the pohutakawa tree outside my office window upstairs. Evidently Evolution had just acquired a new box of crayons on the day it was designing lorikeets, and wanted to use all of them.

    • Alison Jobling says:

      We get a few rosellas, both Eastern and Adelaide, but at least they’re relatively discreet and tend to hang in much smaller groups: the lorikeets sound like hundreds of groupies when they’ve just spotted their favourite boy band.

      And yes, they’re not subtle birds either – crayons ahoy, you’re quite right.

  3. pipmarks says:

    Hi Alison – Happy New Year!!
    I intend to nominate you for a Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award – is that appropriate given that this blog is officially under Prof Lowe?

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