Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day

Discover British birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a different call or song of a British species, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound. The series runs for a year, with 265 episodes of 90 seconds, narrated by wildlife presenters beginning with Sir David Attenborough.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Pied Flycatcher

    Fri, 9 May 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    David Attenborough presents the story of the pied flycatcher. The pied flycatcher is the voice of western woods, as much a part of the scenery as lichen covered branches, mossy boulders and tumbling streams. When they arrive here in spring from Africa the black and white males, which are slightly smaller than a house sparrow, take up territories in the woodland and sing their lilting arpeggios from the tree canopy. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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  • Whimbrel

    Thu, 8 May 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    David Attenborough presents the story of the whimbrel. Whimbrels are sometimes known as 'seven whistlers' from the number of notes in their call and in parts of the English midlands these sounds in the darkness gave rise to a folk tale about the six birds of fate which flew around the heavens seeking the seventh. When they were all reunited, went the story, the world would end. Mercifully, it wasn't true but it was our ancestor's way of interpreting the mystery of nocturnal migration. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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  • Reed Bunting

    Wed, 7 May 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    David Attenborough presents the story of the reed bunting. The reed bunting makes up for its lack of musicality with striking good looks. Male birds have jet black heads and a white moustache and look stunning on a spring day as they sit on shrubs or sway on reed stems, flicking their tales nervously and chanting a simple refrain. Written by Bret Westwood. Produced by sarah Pitt.

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  • Urban Dawn Chorus

    Tue, 6 May 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    David Attenborough introduces the final recording marking International Dawn Chorus day. The urban dawn chorus was recorded by Chris Watson in Whitechapel, London as part of a project to enable the children of the Royal London Children's Hospital to hear the wildlife sounds on their doorstep. Birds featured include the robin, blackbird, great tit and house sparrow. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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  • Wetland Dawn Chorus

    Mon, 5 May 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    David Attenborough celebrates International Day Chorus Day with the third of four recordings marking this event. In this programme, we hear a dawn chorus from the marshes of North Warren in Suffolk. On clear moonlit nights the chorus can be an almost continuous chatter and will include reed and sedge warblers, reed bunting and even a bittern, with its booming, foghorn like call. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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  • Heather Moorland Dawn Chorus

    Fri, 2 May 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    David Attenborough celebrates International Dawn Chorus Day with the second of four recordings marking this event. In this programme, we hear the dawn chorus from the heather moors of Allendale in Northumberland. Songs featured are that of the curlew, skylark, golden plover and redshank. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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  • Woodland Dawn Chorus

    Thu, 1 May 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    David Attenborough presents a dawn chorus recording made in Rutland Water. The outpouring of song is so dense that it is almost impossible to single out individual species but will include blackbirds, song thrushes, robins and newly-arrived migrants like garden warblers. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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  • Stone Curlew

    Wed, 30 Apr 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Kate Humble presents the stone curlew. Stone curlews belong to a family known as 'thick-knees' but their country name of 'goggle-eyed plover' suits them better. Their huge staring yellow eyes serve them well at night when they're most active. By day, they lie up on sparse grassland or heath where their streaky brown-and-white plumage camouflages them superbly. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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  • Fulmar

    Tue, 29 Apr 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Kate Humble presents the fulmar. You'd be forgiven for mistaking fulmars for gulls. They're large seabirds, grey above and white below. Fulmars are accomplished aeronauts and can soar and hang effortlessly in the air-currents around the cliff-ledges where they nest, before landing to greet their mate with a chorus of cackles. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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  • Red-throated Diver

    Mon, 28 Apr 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Kate Humble presents the red-throated diver. The eerie wails of a red-throated diver were supposed to foretell rain. In Shetland the red-throated diver is called the "rain goose" but anyone who knows the island knows that rain is never far away. Like all divers, red-throats are handsome birds with sharp bills, perfect for catching fish. In summer they have a rusty throat patch and zebra-stripes on the back of their neck but in winter they're mainly pearly grey and white. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Pitt.

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