A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Coal tit saga.

December 16, 2014

This coal tit showed well in a turpentine tree and stayed around long enough for me to finally get a few half decent shots of it.

I've yet to see any other tits on Symi although I've spotted a number of different species on other Islands. 

 

 

 

 

 

Here the white stripe on the head is clear and is the defining feature of a coal tit. 

This individual is eating the tiny seed from the long shriveled fruit of the turpentine tree. Looking around there seems to be lots of food available and no shortage of tits either!

 

 

 

 

 

The tiny seed is just visible in this photo. Elsewhere I have watched these birds eating the seeds from the cypress tree fir-cone. They seem to have adapted well into this environment and perhaps are more adaptable than say the blue tit or great tit for example.

 

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