A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Scops owl

The familiar sound of sonar pinging was back last night up in the village of Horio after a long absence since last summer. The European Scops owl spends our winter in the Sahel, south of the Sahara, however according to "The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic by Mark Beaman and Steve Madge" there is a distinct possibility that at the southern edge of its range (Symi, Rhodes) it might well be resident all the year round. Anyway it's here and is nocturnal and unlikely to be seen by anyone unlike its near cousin the Little Owl which is diurnal and sits openly ontop of telegraph poles during daylight hours hooting and squarking for all to see.Little Owl


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