The cats of Milia
Sunday was a perfect day for a drive along the coast and a visit to one of the deserted beaches. We choose Milia in the hope of finding some driftwood too.
Driftwood we did not find but as always the Milia cats (about 15) were there. A little bit hungry but they looked fine and are probably fed by somebody.
Local readers may be aware that about a month ago, Mr. Lope, the maître at La Costa bar, found a floundering baby seal at Staphylos beach. Mr. Lope took the tired and hungry seal to the vet for a check out, and with the help of the Coast Guard and Aegean Flying Dolphins shipped the little critter to Athens and then to the facilities of MOM -the Monk Seal charity for further care.
Dubbed “Adriana”, the pup seems to be doing well and is expected to be released off Alonissos sometime this spring.
Adriana, the small seal that was found on Velanio beach on Skopelos, is doing really well. She now weighs 21 kilos. She eats fish four times every day and swims really well.
Peacock mystery by Heather Durham (July 2011)
These two are frequent, delightful, and rather unexpected visitors to my Glossa garden. I assume that someone on the island had them as domestic creatures and that they have escaped and run wild? I’m sure someone on this blog [Tom seems to know about everything!] can help solve my mystery. Thanks, Heather Durham
Let’s hope that the Scramblers get a gander of one of these, which have been roaming the island for at least the last 10 years. The photo is thanks to Colette and Jean-Claude from the area of Agios Iannis to Skleri on the slopes of mighty Mt. Koprissies above Alykias.
The peafowls are of the Indian variety and they can be found in many places on the island. We have published photos of them roosting on balconies in Palio Klima but they are residents of other parts of the island as well. They like tomatoes (among other delectables like mice and lizards).
On the road to Stafylos, opposite the 2nd petrol station. Don’t drive too fast or you will miss them.
In an older post we showed them to you much smaller. They are growing up. (July 2011)
This cat had a piece of cardboard glued to its face when it was found. The cardbox was removed from the terrified cat but the glue is still on the cat’s fur. People who put rat glue outside on the ground to catch rats or wasps probably don’t realise that other animals, like cats, also try to eat from the food placed on the glue. Wasps in summer can be a pain but this is superglue and very difficult to remove from the cat. “When” the cat is caught, it will get shaved. Rats are usually found in barns etc. It is much better to place the glue for rats there. When you use it for wasps, please hang it in a tree with a delicacy for the wasps on top. A good ladder is all you need !!!!
New addition in Aloupi (click on image to enlarge)
Second week in May 2011. There’s a new pony in Aloupi (near the cemetery). The mother is one of the ponies that work at the port in the summer. It looks to be a few days old. Na sas zeisei and giddyup!
May 2011. We spoke with Nina, the vet and she told us that especially in the area of Glossa they need volunteers to help feed stray cats and dogs. Please contact Nina at 24240 24260 for more information. If you are here only a few times a year and you want to help, call and find out where you can feed the cats and dogs.
New Birds in Aloupi Area
Tom reports that there is a Little Bittern hanging around his pond (May 2011). Usually the frogs are very noisy this time of year but this morning they were silent. This usually means they are afraid of something and, sure enough, when Tom approached the bird flew off. He says that this a usual visitor in springtime but he believes that this is an immature bird.
Tom also says that this morning (May 2011) he saw a Lesser Grey Shrike for the first time. At least that what he thinks it was. Has anybody else seen this bird?
With all this damp weather and the seasonal rise in temperatures Mosquito time will soon be upon us (if it is not here already). Not everyone loves mosquitoes. There are some simple measures that individuals can do to lessen the impact of these insects.
Mosquitoes need still water in which to lay eggs. Once laid, the eggs can take between 5 to 14 days to hatch into active flying insects.
Any stagnant water is a potential breeding place – a littered plastic cup upright on the side of the road, buckets of water in the garden, a cesspit, unused tires, or a puddle. Anything that can hold water is a potential mosquito breeding ground. Containers with stagnant water should be emptied. The vent pipe on cesspits should be covered with a fine mosquito screen to keep the insects from flying in and out.
Water gardens and ponds should be well stocked with frogs, guppies, or goldfish which eat mosquito larvae.
Bats can contribute to keeping mosquito populations down as they both “feed” at dusk – but don’t count on it. It is better to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by eliminating stagnant water.
End of May 2011. The young horses are about 6 to 8 weeks old. The Brown is male and his mother is the white horse (you could have guessed from the photos!). The Black is female and very adventurous. They have been kept in their stables until this week. They are owned and cared for by Andreas (with the two huge garbage mules) and his family. The meadow is next to the cemetery.<img src="https://skopelosnews.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/img_02202.jpg?w
Sad, pictures of a turtle. We found it on the beach near the old harbor in Skopelos. The turtle was enormous and probably very old.