A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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The Curious Case of Twittering Sparrows

Whilst walking the hills of Kastellorizo a number of flocks of small brown birds passed us by at great speed and quite low. With numbers of 50 - 100 in each flock it should have been an easy matter to photograph them or at least put a name to them. Occasionally they would dive into a bush and make themselves invisible. On the ferry back to Rhodes this single male hitched a ride and all was revealed. The Spanish sparrow, in this case the eastern mediterranean variety is highly migratory and spends the winter in Egypt and breeds in Greece and the Balkans. I don't think this individual hung around for too long once he realised the boat was going the wrong way.

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