If you've been following the blog, you'll know that every now and again I'll come across a pictorial postmark that I like, or I think a recipient will like.
So I was surprised earlier in the year when this showed up in the mail at the end of March:
Inside were the 3 envelopes I had included for postmarks that I sent at the beginning of February. For some odd reason they were mailed back to me. Quite an odd feeling to have the envelopes back in my hands weeks later!
Here are the postmarks on the Hummingbird 34c domestic postcard rate stamp, and also the 3 oz Flannery O'Connor stamp, which has the author flanked by peacock feathers.
Fortunately a postal clerk let me repost the letters once I explained what had happened, and the last one finally arrived in April. Quite an adventure.
For more links to birds on stamps, go to Sunday Stamps.