Bird Stamps of the United States
Growing up in the 1960s with a dual interest in birds and stamp collecting, U.S. postage stamps were a disappointment to me. Only three stamps depicting birds had been issued prior to 1960, with another three appearing in the 1960s. I well remember the excitement generated by the issuance of the 4-stamp owl set in 1978. And then came the 50-stamp State birds and flowers issue of 1982. Since the dark days of the 1960s, the U.S. stamp market has become much more rewarding for collectors of bird stamps, with the following numbers being issued by decade: 15 in the 1970s, 69 in the 1980s, 35 in the 1990s, and 34 so far in the 2000s.