A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Kastro again!

April 14, 2014

Having failed to find the ancient fortification a week or so ago, we set off this time with eager determination. Only a couple of hours walk from the village, all up hill I might add, this is what we found. 

 The view from the top was stunning and you can see a pic on my Blipfoto of the day here at http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/4224987  Rodos, Halki, Tilos, Nisyros, Kos, and the Datca peninsular on Turkey were all visible in an usually clear sky. From the castle walls I had a good view of the cypress forest below me with the tops of the nearest trees about level with me. Sitting quietly for awhile paid good dividends and sure enough a pied flycatcher, a first for me on Symi, turned up briefly along with a coaltit. Coaltits seem to do well on Symi, you can hear them in the woods and in the town and spot them easily enough but I have found them all but impossible to photograph so I make no apologies for this poor pic! I have watched them pulling the seeds from the cypress cones, a plentiful supply which can be found all the year round, so perhaps a reason for their success on Symi. I have never seen any other tit species on Symi. I am reminded of coaltits eating beachmast in the depths of the winter on Dartmoor in Devon. There were scores of birds on that occasion.

On the return a group of noisy bee eaters passed overhead but defied any attempt at visually identifying them. This link gives a good idea of their call.

Another curiosity was this pottery jug handle which we found amongst the rubble at the castle. Nearby there was a rim of the jug which must have been a foot across or more. If anybody can put a date on this please let me know.

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