Random bird stamp research when in hibernation / Lockdown

So, what did you do in Lockdown? Attached is an article written by member Steve Ardron. Steve says “I enclose some ramblings that I have put together, based on a daft idea that I had which was to stimulate some “random based research” on bird stamps by using an assorted stamp pack (80 bird stamps) that I bought online from WH Smith.  

I guess that It is easy to be dismissive about these assorted stamp packets, but I did find some interesting stamps in there and I did get my £6.99’s worth of amusement value. 

I haven’t as yet completed my research on them: only just started! There are other interesting stamps in the pack, but I have confined my text to the four that interested me most, from Tanzania. 

Read Steve’s article here

The Elusive Belize Painted Bunting

Has anyone got, seen for sale, or know anything about the elusive Painted Bunting?

The 6 value Audubon bird set issued in 1985 (SG 820-25), included the stamp shown left… a 25c Painted Bunting. In 1988, this stamp was re-issued with a new face value of 60c … SG 822a. I have never seen it !!

It is valued in the SG catalogue of 2017 –  £27 mint and £9 used. Unfortunately, this is the latest SG catalogue I have. In the 2019 Scott catalogue, however, it is valued at $2000 mint and $750 used …. Yes, you did read that right !!

I have seen it on eBay (used) for $69.99 (right). Does anyone have any information on this elusive stamp, and why the huge differences in value between SG and Scott?

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