Wash. state bird among 10 featured on new stamps

Wash. state bird among 10 featured on new stamps

Credit: © 2014 U.S. Postal Service

Washington State Bird, the Goldfinch, is featured on the Postal Service's 10 colorful Songbirds Forever Stamps.

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by SUSAN WYATT / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 12:54 PM

Washington State Bird, the Goldfinch, is featured on the Postal Service's 10 colorful Songbirds Forever Stamps.

“Songbirds have been singing and delighting humans for thousands of years, so it’s only fitting that today they receive their own postage stamps,” said U.S. Postal Service Southern Area Vice President Jo Ann Feindt, who will dedicate the stamps on Saturday. “As you celebrate all of the upcoming events of spring — Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and weddings, or whatever the occasion, remember the Songbirds stamps.”

Illustrator Robert Giusti of Bridgewater, CT, depicted each bird perching on a fence post or branch embellished with vines, pinecones, leaves or flowers. Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the stamps.

The American Goldfinch was designated as the Washington State Bird in 1951. The bright yellow bird is found throughout the state and is commonly seen in flocks in fields, bushes and trees.

The birds

Click the link get hear chirping audio recordings and see migration maps, nesting information and photographs from the National Audubon Society’s bird guide.

Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides)
Western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)
Painted bunting (Passerina ciris)
Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula)
Evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)
Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea)
Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
American goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

You can buy the Songbirds Forever Stamps in booklets of 20 at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724), at Post Offices nationwide or at ebay.com/stamps.

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