Friday, 27 December 2019

Guinea-Bissau Small Birds, 1996

A correspondent found a set of 4 stamps and souvenir sheet apparently issued by Guinea-Bissau in 1996 which is not listed on my site, nor on Kjell Scharning's. He informed me that the MICHEL catalogue lists it as No. 1243-1246 and MS 299 (containing MICHEL No. 1247). Stanley Gibbons online catalogue does not list any issue for this country for 1996. I found an Ebay sale with the souvenir sheet, but at US$99, I considered it too expensive!

The species featuring in this issue are not named on the stamps, but appear to be Cardinal Woodpecker, Crimson SeedcrackerPied KingfisherRed-fronted Parrot and Village Weaver. Any help with Guinea-Bissau 1996 identifying these birds or any information about the issue would be most welcome.

UPDATE Tino Mischler has identified the red bird as Crimson Seedcracker. As most of the birds occur in Guinea-Bissau, I will list them, but probably not collect them. Why are they so expensive?

Friday, 20 December 2019

PCi's Birds of the World series

Commonwealth Stamps Opinion has published details of several issues on the theme "birds of the world" issued in the name of various territories that are under Philatelic Collector Inc.'s "umbrella". I could not find these issues on the PCi website, but I am sure they will appear in due course. A second lot of images show the full extent of this unnecessary deluge. I do not intend to list these, and I would be very surprised if any are relevant to my collection. If one searches on for "Exclusive birds 2019" there are currently over 70 hits, though some are duplicated.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Latvia stamp we missed or ignored

In 1998, Latvia issued a single stamp to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of First Latvian Stamp. The first stamp is surrounded by faded images of more recent stamps which includes on the left side a stamp issued in 1995 featuring White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos).

Also, one of the Coat of Arms series issued in 1995 and again in 1996 featuring the Arms of Grobina features a stylised Common Crane (Grus grus), but it is too stylised for me.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Domain name expired!

My main site,, may have become unavailable to some visitors as the domain name expired. I have renewed it today, but this may take a few days to take full effect.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Latvia: 2006 50th Anniversary of Europa Stamps

In 2006, Latvia issued 4 stamps to celebrate 50 years of Europa stamps. The top value has the two stamps issued by Latvia in 1999 which have been cancelled by the special postmark used on the FDCs issued at the time. The postmark has the image of a White Stork.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Estonia's Bird of the Year: Nightjar on live webcam

Looduskalender is hosting a live webcam of a Nightjar on its nest in Estonia. Two chicks are present in the nest which has an adult sitting tight during the day. After midnight UK time, the adults feed the chicks. Estonia is 2 hours ahead of UK.

10th July. It looks like the family has dispersed.

A mixture of "spotted" thrushes

Tino Mischler has been checking through the stamps on my pages for Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) and Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) and has made some observations about anomalies.

The stamp from Turkish Cyprus which is supposed to show T. philomelos actually has a bird that is right for T. viscivorus (Greyish colour and cheek markings).

Conversely, the stamp from Bahrain listed as T. viscivorus shows a bird that looks more like T. philomelos: brown back, no vertical eye-stripes.

I shall change these two identities in my next update.

The best example of T. viscivorus would appear to be the stamp issued by Bulgaria in 1999.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Possible disruption of my website

I have been experiencing some technical problems with the laptop that I use to maintain my website.

I will try to overcome these issues during April, but if for any reason I am unable to update my main site, I should be able to keep this blog up to date.

Also, I have noticed that Natural Science Stamps has not been updated since 19/2/19 without any reason being posted. It occurred to me that the same could happen to my site. So, if that should happen, I shall try to post news on this blog, or arrange for this to happen.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Europa 2019: National Birds

We are probably all aware that PostEurop's theme for 2019 is "National Birds", and Europa Stamps blog is carefully listing issues that we have been made aware of. The same blog informs us that we can use an app to scan some of the stamps which will enable us to hear sounds of the bird scanned.

Today, I used the app on my Android phone to scan one of the Gibraltar stamp images. I did not hear any sound, but there was an option to link to somewhere to order the stamp. For Gibraltar, the correct page came up in my browser, but details of the issue were not yet available.

More interestingly, there is a link to "More Bird Stamps" which was a great surprise, as in addition to those we already knew about, there are several stamps illustrated of which I was not yet aware, including a new species on stamps: Greece has Western Rock Nuthatch (Sitta neumayer).

NB. PostEurop clarified its definition of "National Birds" to be "National birds are native birds living on the territory of a country", which gives much more scope than most of us initially thought. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

More coming from PCi!

I noticed some new sales on Delcampe from a seller in Russia featuring birds of prey with the names of territories which are clients of PCi. These items are not on PCi's website, so I checked with the company.

Apparently, they are official issues and will be in the next new issue bulletin shortly.  While they are official and releases at the post offices did take place PCi were surprised to see them on the market already.

I will await better images on PCi's website before listing them.

Intriguingly and worryingly, PCi also informed me that this issue is expected to be part of a larger collection of “birds of the world” that is expected to be ongoing.

Update As these are all shown on PCi's website, I have listed them, but if the future "birds of the world" series appears, I may ignore them like I do for Stamperija's output.