Thursday, 13 June 2013

St Pierre & Miquelon- Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

Named for the rich red hues of its plumage, Fox Sparrows  (Passerella iliaca) are very large sparrows  which breed in remote places of coniferous forest and dense mountain scrub in the northern areas of  northern America.
It's certainly unusual for me to receive a cover postmarked from St Pierre et  Miquelon and it was interesting to see the bird stamp on this cover is part of an ongoing annual bird series started in 2007.
Of extra interest on the cover are the two definitive stamps from France which are overprinted SPM.