Dinosaur of the week: Common Bulbul

This Pycnonotus barbatus lives in our garden in Oran. Every morning and evening we get a lovely concert. The species has many different names; this particular subspecies is also called North-west African Garden Bulbul.

Ahem, and the photo was actually taken by my husband (but under my directions).


Oran – Our New Garden

We have moved! Our new home, hopefully for a substantial period of time, is in Oran, Algeria. Our employer has provided us (me, husband, two cats) with accommodation in a huge villa which we share with another teacher. Our villa comes with a lovely garden. There’s an orchard with a fig tree, a pear tree, something I failed to identify, and a tree that bears either lemons or oranges. We’ll find out in a few weeks.

On the other side of the house, there’s the flower garden with roses, lots of climbing plants and this:

If you know what species this is, please leave a comment. Also, if you’re interested in anything in particular about life in Algeria, let me know.