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Guernsey Postal Service 2003 Issue
Designed by Graham Austin

Migrating Birds

The Guernsey Postal Service has issued six new stamps that have postage values of 22, 27, 36, 40, 45, and 65 pence named "Migrating Birds" on the 3rd of July 2003. These six stamps depict six of the most popular birds that migrate through Alderney. An excellent place for bird watchers to visit. Each of the birds depicted on the stamps is as follows:

  • Artic Tern (22p) - To enjoy two summers in one year this migrating bird travels 32,000km from its breeding ground in the Artic Circle to Antarctica. It can be seen passing Alderney from April to early June and from August to October.
  • Great Skua (27p) - is an oceanic species that breeds in the Scottish Islands, Iceland and Greenland. It can be seen in Alderney between the months of August to October and March to April.
  • Sandwich Tern (36p) - breeds in many parts of Britain and Europe. It migrates to the west and south coasts of Africa and can be seen in Alderney between the months of March to May and July to October.
  • Sooty Shearwater (40p) - is found in New Zealand and southern South America and passes through Alderney skies between August and October.
  • Arctic Skua (45p) - breeds from the Arctic Zone to northern Britain.
  • Shearwater (65p) - breeds between southern Iceland and the Mediterranean and can be found in Britain. It migrates to the east coast of South America and can be seen around the Channel Islands from July to October.

The "Migrating Birds" stamps can be purchased as a single set, FDC, Presentation Pack, Souvenir Sheet, or Sheets of 10. Each stamp size is 31.75mm square and has a perforation of 14. The sheet size is 180mm x 140mm and the Souvenir Sheet size is 80mm x 170mm. The stamps will be printed by the House of Questa using the Offset Lithography printing process with 110gms unwatermarked PVA adhesive paper.

Migrating Birds Sheets

Migrating Birds FDC Stamp


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.guernseypost.com. Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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