are delighted to release a new set of definitive stamps that showcase some of
the wonderful birds found regularly in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
location, proximity to Europe and range of diverse habitats provide a haven for
visiting and resident birds. Despite its small size, over 200 species are
recorded in the Bailiwick each year and the islands see around 80 breeding bird
species including quite a few rarities.
The stamps: -
Sparrow is a noisy and sociable bird which feeds and breeds near people, whilst
the colourful Greenfinch, another regular garden visitor, is distinctive for
its twittering, wheezing song and flash of yellow and green as it flies.
bird is the Great Tit, which is probably best known for its piercing song and can
often be heard in the spring and summer. The high-pitched twittering contact
calls of the fluffy pink Long-tailed Tit gets it noticed; the Song Thrush is
both resident and migratory with some heading off to sunnier climes to winter
distinctive feature of a Pied Wagtail, which can be spotted in gardens and on sea walls, is its constantly
wagging tail. It is now a rare breeding bird but remains a common passage
migrant and winter visitor to Guernsey.
Waders are often
spotted on Guernsey’s beaches, including the tall Grey Heron with its long neck
and legs and heavy dagger-like bill, poised as it stands still for long periods
stalking its prey.
mid-February until the end of September, the Northern Gannet flocks to Les
Etacs and Ortac – rocks off the coastline of Alderney, which are home to a
colony of nearly 6,000 pairs.
winter migrant blackbirds arrive from Northern Europe to join Guernsey’s
resident birds. They can often be heard singing to themselves in the
undergrowth. Swallows are also migratory birds that fly several thousand
kilometres each year after wintering in southern Africa.
also depict the Magpie and Common Tern, the latter having earned itself the nickname
‘sea swallow’, since it can be found hovering over water before plunging down
to catch a fish.
The Lapwing is
one of the largest waders and is also known as the Green Plover or Peewit
(after its “pee-wit” call); the Lesser Black-backed Gulls were once a summer
visitor, but an increasing number remain in the Bailiwick during the colder
months too; and the Cormorant is a large water bird with an almost primitive
appearance, its long neck making it look almost reptilian.
Birds of prey
are breeding successfully in the Bailiwick. It is common to see Buzzards soaring
over the islands: they have an impressive wingspan of around 120cm and weigh up
Definitive stamps are produced for the retail post offices and are usually in circulation between 5-10 years.