Wednesday 31 July 2013, 15:42
Editor's note: Michaela Strachan presents Tweet of the Day from 1 August. Here Michaela shares her love of birds, with a look ahead to some of this month's Tweets. You can listen now or download the programmes to keep.Michaela Strachan
If you'd like to be truly spoilt with the sound of bird song, listen to Radio 4’s ‘Tweet of the Day’. This month you'll hear my dulcet tones along with a daily Tweet. August Tweets include the Stonechat, Oystercatcher, Bullfinch, Golden Eagle, Barred Warbler and many more. What a truly terrific tweet of a treat to wake up to!
Birds have held and always will hold a fascination for me. How I would love to be a bird just for a day, to be able to fly and see the world from a totally different perspective. I don’t think I’ll ever stop being fascinated by migratory birds - how does a bird as small as a swallow fly all the way from the UK to South Africa every year? It will always baffle me. I do it regularly but with the help of a plane and a lot of fuel!Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) - image courtesy of RSPB (rspb-images.com)
I love watching birds, but I am not really a birder. My knowledge is sketchy to say the least, although having done Springwatch for a couple of years it’s a lot better than it was! I’ve been lucky enough to go birdwatching all over the world though so here are some of my highlights:
• Watching a satin bowerbird in Australia decorating his bower nest with blue bits and bobs like pen tops and ribbons to try and attract a mate.
• Holding a harpy eagle in Panama and really testing my biceps out.
• Getting a kiss of a hummingbird in Canada! It was for ‘Michaela’s Wild Challenge’. I stood by a sugar water bird feeder with lips pursed and sugary lipstick and had a lot of patience!
• Becoming a volunteer for SANCCOB and helping them with their African penguin chick bolstering project. We filmed rescuing late born chicks and rehabilitating them for re-release for a series called ‘The Great Penguin Rescue’. It’s being edited now.
Hmm....I’ve just realized that for someone who’s not really a birder, I’ve been truly spoilt!
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