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SPRINGTIME IS AFLUTTER WITH BIRD STAMP ISSUES

It's springtime, and the birds are on the wing everywhere. That's why many nations are issuing stamps featuring local bird life.

The east Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has released a set of 14 stamps highlighting various species of birds found in its area.The 15 cents depicts the magnificent frigatebird. The 25 cents shows the blue-hooded euphonia. The 35 cents illustrates the meadowlark. The 40 cents has a view of the red-billed tropic bird. The 45 cents pictures the greater flamingo. The 60 cents depicts the yellow-faced grassquit. The 65 cents features the yellow-billed cuckoo. The 70 cents portrays the painted bunting. The $1.20 illustrates the red-legged honeycreeper. The $5 pictures the Greater Antillean bullfinch. The $10 pictures the Caribbean elaenia. The $20 features the trembler.

These stamps are available from the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., 460 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001.

- Syd Kronish