A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Sunshine at last!

Behind the boatyard at Hirani is a small valley which is left pretty much to its own devices. Today impressive coloured Black Redstart males sit on top of rocks in their impressive breeding plumage flirting with females. Even the Sardinian warblers are showing  themselves in the sunshine instead of their usual skulking behaviour where they often lurk feeding off insects deep inside bushes and trees. This valley is left ungrazed for  now and rock roses are in full flower giving a wonderful display while above them the Mediterranean medlar (very similar to the english hawthorn) also gives a colourful show of its flowers. The air is pungeant with the medlar's scent and reminds me of a musty cellar  and just a hint of cat's pee. However that doesn't deter the bees and other pollinating insects swarming over the trees and providing a continuous buzz all around the valley. Tomorrow is forecast for rain again, so Spring is off for another day.

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