Royal mail issued a set of stamps of UK’s favourite garden birds featuring six various birds. Birds have long been one of the most popular thematic subjects amongst the philatelists.
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Small, noisy and gregarious, house sparrows often nest in buildings and feed on seeds and scraps. Males have a bold black bib and a distinctive grey cap whereas females are buff brown.
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Colourful and sociable, goldfinches gather in areas with trees, bushes or tall seed-producing plants. Widely admired for their delightful song, they have a bright yellow wing patch, red, white & black head.
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Common in gardens, woodlands and along hedgerows, these colourful tits have a blue cap above a black-and-white face and a yellow underside. Remarkably agile, they are frequent visitors to bird feeders.
Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
Black at first glance but with a purple and green sheen in the summer and light spots in the winter, starlings breed in urban and rural areas and can be recognised by their confident waddle.
Wood Pigeon – Columba palumbus
Found in woods, fields and city parks, these plump birds are largely grey, with a white neck patch, pink breast and white bars on the wings. They feed on seeds, grains and berries.
Robin – Erithacus rubecula
Found in woodlands and gardens, robins are easy to spot because of their distinctive orange-red breast. Traditionally associated with Christmas, these birds have round bodies and slim tails.
Title: Pictorial Faststamps: Birds
Date of Issue: 17 September 2010
Denominations: 1st local x 6