Flocking together

Owl sits on arm of smiling woman near stamp artwork

Winter is here.

Birds in Winter, new stamps that showcase four winged beauties in seasonal scenes, were dedicated Sept. 22 in Quechee, VT.

Pricing and Costing Vice President Sharon Owens, who led the ceremony, praised birds for their resourcefulness, resilience and talent, noting they produce some of the most beautiful sounds in nature.

“It’s easy to see why they’re so popular with the American public,” Owens said.

USPS held the ceremony at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, where other speakers discussed the birds featured on the stamps: the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).

The Birds in Winter stamps feature each subject in a digital rendering that contrasts stark white backgrounds with the bold colors of each bird’s plumage.

The stamps are available in booklets of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.