A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Swallows and House Martins

I spotted my first swallows of the season today or rather heard them chattering high in the sky over the village. A steady procession has been going on all afternoon with small groups of a dozen or so passing overhead and occasionally a few have taken the time to dart in and out of the ruins catching the odd insect here and there that has hatched in the early spring sunshine. Elsewhere on the cataractus (the ancient path that leads up to the village from the harbour) I spotted this single red-topped sage in among a wealth of other wild flowers.

Also the following day a large group (30+) of house martins down by the clocktower at the harbour.

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