Songbirds in Snow stamps
Two nerds walk into a bar…
Not sure what the rest of the joke is but there must be one. One of the nerds was a philatelist. While that sounds bad it is not illegal. A philatelist is someone who collects stamps.
The other nerd was a bird watcher.
So what do these two nerds have in common?
They were both discussing the U.S. Postal Services new Songbirds in Snow stamps.
The Songbirds in Snow stamps each features one of four birds: the golden-crowned kinglet, the cedar waxwing, the northern cardinal, and the red-breasted nuthatch. Illustrator Robert Giusti painted the original designs in acrylic on canvas board, depicting each bird perched on a snow-covered branch. He and the art director chose these four birds for their color, attractiveness, and adaptability to the small format of a postage stamp.
The stamps were issued August 4 and are available at your local post office or online.
Still available are the highly stylized, digital portraits of four coastal birds, the Red Knot (Calidris canutus), King Eider (Somateria spectabilis), Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), and Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens).
The USPS web site has other bird-related products including notecards and first-day covers.