|Date of Issue||August 4, 2016|
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||1.19 x 0.91 in.⁄30.23 x 23.11 mm|
|Series||Songbirds in Snow|
|Series Time Span||2016|
|Issue Location||Portland, OR 97208|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On August 4, 2016, in Portland, OR, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Songbirds in Snow stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) double-sided booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 4, 2016.
The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates four songbirds that brighten cold winter days. 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 cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) gets its name from its favorite winter food, cedar berries, and the red, waxy tips of some of its wing feathers. One of the few North American birds that thrives on a diet of mostly fruits, the cedar waxwing also consumes the winter fruits of juniper, mistletoe, and crabapple.
A spot of bright red against the white of a snowy tree branch signals the presence of a northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), one of winter’s most colorful and beautiful birds. Cardinals usually appear in pairs but can gather in small flocks during the winter to forage for food.
The red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis), with its distinctive call like a tiny toy horn, prepares well for the season by caching conifer seeds, its preferred winter food. Stashed in cracks and openings in tree bark, the seeds are collected by the bird as it walks headfirst down the trunk.
Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps using original illustrations by Robert Giusti.