Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bank Swallow Featured on U.S. Stamped Envelope

First Day of Issue: March 1, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a new stamped envelope featuring the Bank Swallow.

The Bank Swallow is the smallest swallow in North America.The highly realistic stamp art, based on photographs, shows a large illustration of the swallow perching and a smaller illustration of the bird in flight.

Like all swallows, bank swallows are agile songbirds that specialize in catching insects in midair. They use their beaks and feet to dig burrows in sandy banks overlooking lakes and streams. A typical bank swallow colony can have anywhere from ten to nearly 2,000 nests.

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