Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day

Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a different call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound. Tweet of the Day is narrated by a host of wildlife presenters including Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin.

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  • 13 Feb 1MB

    totd: Chowchilla

    Michael Palin presents the secretive chowchilla from Queensland, Australia. The chowchilla gets its name from its song,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Feb 1MB

    totd: Mauritius Kestrel

    Michael Palin presents the Mauritius kestrel. Today, the calls of several hundred Mauritius kestrels ring out across the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Feb 1MB

    totd: Ostrich

    Michael Palin presents the avian record breaking ostrich in the Kalahari Desert. Ostriches are ornithological

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Feb 1MB

    totd: Asian Koel

    Michael Palin presents the Asian koel's arrival to an Indian orchard. This long-tailed glossy blue-black bird, is a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Feb 1MB

    totd: Cardinal

    Michael Palin presents the northern cardinal from New York's Central Park. Northern cardinals are finch-like birds and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Feb 1MB

    totd: Black-Nest Swiftlet

    Michael Palin presents the black-nest swiftlet. Inside an Indonesian cavern, the Black-nest swiftlet lands on the cave

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Feb 1MB

    totd: Magnificent Frigatebird

    Michael Palin presents the magnificent frigatebird a true oceanic bird, and resembling a hook-billed, pterodactyl of a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Feb 1MB

    totd: Budgerigar

    Michael Palin presents the wild budgerigar from Australia. Budgerigars are small Australian parrots whose common name

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Feb 1MB

    totd: American Bald Eagle

    Michael Palin presents the iconic bald eagle from Alaska. In days of yore, when bald meant "white" rather than hairless,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Feb 1MB

    totd: Scarlet Macaw

    Michael Palin presents the scarlet macaw from Costa Rica. The Scarlet Macaw is a carnival of a bird, eye-catching, noisy

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Jan 1MB

    totd: Kea

    Michael Palin presents the kea from a windswept mountain in New Zealand. A snow-capped mountain in New Zealand's South

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Jan 1MB

    totd: Black Sicklebill

    Michael Palin presents the black sicklebill of New Guinea. The black sicklebill is a breath-taking creature. It's a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Jan 1MB

    totd: Oilbird

    Michael Palin presents the oilbird, from a Venezuelan cavern. Demonic screeching's and the rush of unseen wings mixed

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Jan 1MB

    totd: Poorwill (American Nightjar)

    Michael Palin presents the common poorwill from an Arizona desert. In the dead of night, loud calls pierce the stillness

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Jan 1MB

    totd: Red-Eyed Vireo

    Michael Palin presents the red-eyed vireo from North America. About the size of British great tits, the red-eyed vireo

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Jan 1MB

    totd: Snail Kite

    Michael Palin presents the snail kite from the Florida Everglades. Unlike many birds of prey which are known for their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Jan 1MB

    totd: Greater Roadruner

    Michael Palin presents the greater roadrunner of south western North America. A cuckoo that can run at 20 miles per hour

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Jan 1MB

    totd: Horned Screamer

    Michael Palin presents the Venezuelan horned screamer. Soundling as if someone is using a giant plunger in the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Jan 1MB

    totd: Kakapo

    Michael Palin presents the New Zealand Kakapo, high on the ferny slopes of its island fortress off the coast of New

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Jan 1MB

    totd: Harpy Eagle

    Michael Palin presents the Harpy Eagle. Flying over the Brazilian rainforest, this is one of the most powerful birds of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Jan 1MB

    totd: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

    Liz Bonnin presents the raucous calling sulphur-crested cockatoo from Australia. It is with somewhat heavy irony that

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Jan 1MB

    totd: Trumpeter Swan

    Liz Bonnin presents the sonorous trumpeter swan of North America. Across an Alaskan wilderness powerful sounds and calls

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Jan 1MB

    totd: Adelie Pengiun

    Liz Bonnin presents the adelie penguin on a windswept Antarctic shore. A huddle of braying shapes on a windswept shore

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Jan 1MB

    totd: Black-footed Albatross

    Liz Bonnin presents the black-footed albatross of Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Two dusky-brown birds point their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Jan 1MB

    totd: Snow Petrel

    Liz Bonnin presents an Antarctic specialist, the delicate looking snow petrel. On a wind blasted Antarctic iceberg,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Jan 1MB

    totd: Montserrat Oriole

    Liz Bonnin presents Montserrat oriole from the Caribbean island of Montserrat. In 1995, after being dormant for over 300

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Jan 1MB

    totd: Brown Skua

    Liz Bonnin presents brown skua hunting over an Antarctic landscape. These bulky brown birds with their hooked death

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Jan 1MB

    totd: Blue Rock Thrush

    Liz Bonnin presents the blue rock thrush, perched high on a Spanish castle. The blue rock thrush has a slim silhouette,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Jan 1MB

    totd: Spoonbill Sandpiper

    Liz Bonnin presents the diminutive spoon-billed sandpiper of the high Russian tundra. Spoon-billed sandpipers are wading

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Jan 1MB

    totd: Raggiana Bird-of-paradise

    Liz Bonnin presents the displaying Raggiana bird-of-paradise from Papua New Guinea. An explosion of colour flashes

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Jan 1MB

    totd: Black Swan

    Sir David Attenborough presents a widely regarded symbol of Australia, the black swan. These stately looking birds are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Jan 1MB

    totd: White Tern

    Sir David Attenborough presents the widespread marine species, the white tern. Also known as fairy terns or angel terns,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 31 Dec 1MB

    totd: Greater Hill Mynah

    Sir David Attenborough presents the mimic specialist Greater Hill Mynah from Asia. Like many members of the starling

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Dec 1MB

    totd: Laughing Kookaburra

    Sir David Attenborough presents Australia's laughing kookaburra. At 45cm the laughing kookaburra is one of the world's

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Dec 1MB

    totd: Red-throated Caracara

    Sir David Attenborough presents the red-throated caracara from the Amazonian rain-forest. The size of buzzards,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Dec 1MB

    totd: Wandering Albatross

    Sir David Attenborough presents the wandering albatross of the South Atlantic Ocean. On the windswept South Georgian

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Dec 1MB

    totd: Christmas Shearwater

    On Christmas Day, Sir David Attenborough presents the Christmas shearwater. 2000km south of Hawaii the highly marine

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Dec 1MB

    totd: House Wren

    Sir David Attenborough presents the house wren found across the New World. Having one of the largest ranges of any

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Dec 1MB

    totd: Hyacinth Macaw

    Sir David Attenborough presents the hyacinth macaw of the Brazilian Pantanal. Raucous ear-piercing screeches are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Dec 1MB

    totd: New Zealand Robin

    Sir David Attenborough begins Christmas week with the New Zealand robin. The toutouwai or New Zealand robin may share a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Dec 1MB

    totd: Eastern Orphean Warbler

    Liz Bonnin presents the eastern orphean warbler in an olive grove near Athens. Until recently there used to be just a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Dec 1MB

    totd: Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

    Liz Bonnin presents the greater racket-tailed drongo of South-East Asia. Across a clearing in a Malaysian forest flies a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Dec 1MB

    totd: Saddleback

    Liz Bonnin presents the formerly widespread saddleback of New Zealand. It's loud, piping and whistling calls once

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Dec 1MB

    totd: Blue Manakin

    Liz Bonnin presents the advancing, leaping and queuing male blue manakin of Brazil. Male blue manakins are small, blue

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Dec 1MB

    totd: Hawaiian Goose (Nene)

    Liz Bonnin presents the Nene, or the endemic and rare Hawaiian goose. Visit a Wildfowl and Wetland Trust centre in the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Dec 1MB

    totd: Morepork

    Liz Bonnin presents the morepork or Ru-Ru, New Zealand's only surviving native owl. Strange double notes in the forests

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Dec 1MB

    totd: Marabou Stork

    Liz Bonnin presents the gaunt undertaker looking marabou stalk in Africa. It is not very scientific to describe a bird

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Dec 1MB

    totd: Northern Jacana

    Liz Bonnin presents the northern jacana at home in Central American wetlands. A cross between a coot and a plover,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Dec 1MB

    totd: Black-chinned Hummingbird

    Liz Bonnin presents the North American black-chinned hummingbird. What seems to be a large green beetle is flying

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Dec 1MB

    totd: Red-crowned Crane

    Liz Bonnin presents the red-crowned crane from Japan and Asia. Backlit by a Japanese winter sun, huge black and white

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Dec 1MB

    totd: Brown Thrasher

    Chris Packham presents the brown thrasher, usually seen in North America. Brown thrashers are related to mockingbirds

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Dec 1MB

    totd: Red-necked Nightjar

    Chris Packham presents the nocturnal red-necked nightjar of the Spanish countryside. Like others in the family,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Dec 1MB

    totd: Atlantic (Island) Canary

    Chris Packham presents the Atlantic canary singing in the Tenerife treetops. The ancestor of our cage-bird canaries is

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Dec 1MB

    totd: Greater Rhea

    Chris Packham presents the greater rhea roaming the South American pampas. Greater rheas are the largest birds in South

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Dec 1MB

    totd: Wedge-tailed Shearwater

    Chris Packham presents the wedge-tailed shearwater of the Indian and Pacific oceans. They are large sepia brown

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Nov 1MB

    totd: Madagascar Harrier-hawk

    Chris Packham presents the Madagascan Harrier-hawk from Madagascar. Among the branches of a Madagascan forest, there's a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Nov 1MB

    totd: Wild Turkey

    Chris Packham presents the wild turkey of North American woodlands. We are so used to seeing mass-produced captive

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Nov 1MB

    totd: Great Snipe

    Chris Packham presents the superbly camouflaged great snipe of Eastern Europe. A thin drizzle of tinkling notes mingled

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Nov 1MB

    totd: Flightless Cormorant

    Chris Packham presents the flightless cormorant adapted to its Galapagos world. The isolated Galapagos Islands are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Nov 1MB

    totd: Red-billed Tropicbird

    Chris Packham presents a true global ocean going mariner, the red-billed tropicbird. These elegant birds are masters of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Nov 1MB

    totd: Ivory Gull

    Chris Packham presents the ivory gull from the northern polar seas. Ivory gulls breed on rocky outcrops and cliffs and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Nov 1MB

    totd: Purple Martin

    Chris Packham presents the purple martin from eastern North America. Purple Martins are the largest North American

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Nov 1MB

    totd: Asian Crested Ibis

    Chris Packham presents the rare Asian crested ibis, formerly common in Japan and China. The crested ibis is mainly white

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Nov 1MB

    totd: Rhinoceros Auklet

    Chris Packham presents the rhinoceros auklet found around the North American western seaboard. Rhinoceros auklets are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Nov 1MB

    totd: Arabian Babbler

    Chris Packham presents the Arabian babbler of a Yemeni Desert. Arabian babblers could almost be described as feathered

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Nov 1MB

    totd: Bell Miner

    Chris Packham presents the bell miner of eastern Australia. The sound of a tiny hammer striking a musical anvil in a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Nov 1MB

    totd: Plumbeous Antbird

    Chris Packham presents the Plumbeous antbird in a Bolivian rainforest. The Plumbeous Antbird is a lead-coloured bird;

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Nov 1MB

    totd: Common Indian Cuckoo

    Chris Packham presents the Indian cuckoo found across much of South East Asia. A bird singing "crossword puzzle" -

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Nov 1MB

    totd: Southern Cassowary

    Chris Packham presents the roaring southern cassowary of Australia's Queensland. The territorial roaring calls of the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Nov 1MB

    totd: Vegetarian Tree Finch

    Chris Packham presents the vegetarian tree finch on the Galapagos Islands. These streaky sparrow-like birds found on the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Nov 1MB

    totd: Blue Jay

    Chris Packham presents the North American blue jay. The loud warning screams of blue jays are just part of their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Nov 1MB

    totd: North Island Kokako

    Chris Packham presents the North Island kokako from New Zealand. Kokakos are bluish-grey, crow-sized birds with black

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Nov 1MB

    totd: Red-breasted Goose

    Chris Packham presents the red-breasted goose in Siberia. Red-breasted geese are colourful birds with art-deco markings

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Nov 1MB

    totd: New Zealand Bellbird

    Chris Packham presents the New Zealand bellbird. In 1770, during Captain James Cook's first voyage to New Zealand, an

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Nov 1MB

    totd: Toco Toucan

    Chris Packham presents the South American toco tucan. Few of us are lucky enough to have seen or heard a Toco Toucan at

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 31 Oct 1MB

    totd: Vampire Finch

    For Halloween, Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the blood sucking vampire finch. On Wolf Island in the remote Galapagos

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Oct 1MB

    totd: Greater Honeyguide

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the greater honeyguide of sub-Saharan Africa. A loud repetitive "it's - here" – "it's

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Oct 1MB

    totd: Resplendent Quetzal

    anda Krestovnikoff presents the resplendent quetzal of Guatamala. The image of resplendent quetzals are everywhere in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Oct 1MB

    totd: Snow Goose (Oct 2014)

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the snow goose found breeding across Canada and Alaska. Although most snow geese are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Oct 1MB

    totd: Blue-footed Booby

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the Galapagos Islands blue-footed booby. Far off the Ecuador coastline the Galapagos

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Oct 1MB

    totd: King Eider

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the Arctic specialist the king eider duck. Relatives of the larger common eider found

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Oct 1MB

    totd: House Crow

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the house crow, native of southern Asia. Leggier and longer-billed than the slightly

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Oct 1MB

    totd: Red-billed Quelea

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the World's most numerous bird; red billed quelea. Red-billed queleas are the most

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Oct 1MB

    totd: Satin Bowerbird

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents Australia's satin bowerbird. Then male is a blackish looking bird with bright purple

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Oct 1MB

    totd: Montezuma Oropendola

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the Panamanian Montezuma oropendola. In a clearing in the humid rainforest in Panama a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Oct 1MB

    totd: Echo Parakeet

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the echo parakeet found only in Mauritius, a bird which has brushed extinction by its

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Oct 1MB

    totd: Crested Lark

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the crested lark found from Europe across to China. The west coast of Europe is one edge

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Oct 1MB

    totd: Galapagos Mockingbird

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents a bird which intrigued Darwin, the Galapagos mockingbird. There are four species of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Oct 1MB

    totd: Common Hawk Cuckoo

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the common hawk cuckoo from the Bengal region. The repetitive call of the common

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Oct 1MB

    totd: Pied Butcherbird

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the virtuoso songster the pied butcherbird of Australia. Australian parks, gardens

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Oct 1MB

    totd: Arctic Warbler

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the long distant migrant Arctic warbler. These classic olive-grey warblers, slightly

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Oct 1MB

    totd: Black Drongo

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the black drongo of Southern Asia. Black drongos are slightly smaller than European

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Oct 1MB

    totd: Variable Pitohui

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the poisonous variable pitohui from New Guinea. This jay sized, black-and-tan bird hides

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Oct 1MB

    totd: Andean Cock-of-the-rock

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the Andean Cock-of-the-rock from Peru. Deep in a cloud forest a female awaits the display

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Oct 1MB

    totd: Hawaiian Crow

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the now extinct in the wild Hawaiian Crow. It's hard to imagine any crow becoming

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Oct 1MB

    totd: Swainson's Hawk

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the North American Swainson's hawk. About the size of the European buzzard, Swainson's

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Oct 1MB

    totd: Shoebill

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the mysterious shoebill of Uganda. Reaching almost one and a quarter metres in height and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Oct 1MB

    totd: Brown Kiwi

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the New Zealand brown kiwi. A piercing wail can be heard in a forest at night. A brown

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Sep 1MB

    totd: African Jacana

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the wetland loving African Jacana. Being rich chestnut coloured above, with black heads,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Sep 1MB

    totd: African Southern Ground Hornbill

    Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the African Southern Ground hornbill. Ground hornbills live in south and south-east

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Sep 1MB

    totd: Emperor Penguin

    Sir David Attenborough presents the emperor penguin from the Antarctic Peninsula. With temperatures down to minus 50oC,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Sep 1MB

    totd: Laughing Gull

    Sir David Attenborough presents the laughing gull off the Florida coast. In summer, the hearty peal of laughter is one

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Sep 1MB

    totd: Eurasian Scops Owl

    Sir David Attenborough presents the Eurasian scops owl found in Mediterranean regions. In summer a mournful monosyllabic

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Sep 1MB

    totd: Vogelkop Bowerbird

    Sir David Attenborough presents the Vogelkop bowerbird of west New Guinea. The forest floor resembles a market stall

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Sep 1MB

    totd: Sociable Weaver

    Sir David Attenborough presents the sociable weaver of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. Travel through the dry margins of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Sep 1MB

    totd: Black Stork

    Sir David Attenborough presents the globally widespread but secretive black stork. High up in a forest canopy, the black

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Sep 1MB

    totd: Superb Lyrebird

    Sir David Attenborough presents the superb lyrebird of eastern Australia. Superb lyrebirds are about the size of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Sep 1MB

    totd: Red-headed Woodpecker

    Sir David Attenborough presents the red-headed woodpecker found in North America. With Its inky black wings, snow white

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Sep 1MB

    totd: Spix's Macaw

    Sir David Attenborough presents the now extinct in the wild, Spix's macaw. The Spix's macaw was declared extinct in 2000

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Sep 1MB

    totd: Guria Cuckoo

    Sir David Attenborough presents the guira cuckoo of central South America. Guira cuckoos break all the usual rules of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Sep 1MB

    totd: New Zealand Wrybill

    Sir David Attenborough presents the New Zealand wrybill. The wrybill is an inconspicuous wader yet it is unique. It is

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Sep 1MB

    totd: Dupont's Lark

    Sir David Attenborough presents the Dupont's lark of southern Europe and North Africa. The European home for the Duponts

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Sep 1MB

    totd: White-bearded Manakin

    Sir David Attenborough presents the White-Bearded manakin of tropical South America. The sound of party-poppers

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Sep 1MB

    totd: Florida Scrub Jay

    Sir David Attenborough presents the Florida scrub jay. Less than 6,000 Florida scrub jays exist in the wild, yet these

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Sep 1MB

    totd: Red-winged Blackbird

    Sir David Attenborough presents the North American red-winged blackbird. The arrival of spring in the USA is heralded by

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Sep 1MB

    totd: Brown Noddy

    Sir David Attenborough presents a seabird with a worldwide distribution, the brown noddy. Expert fliers, the brown noddy

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Sep 1MB

    totd: Bar-headed Goose

    Sir David Attenborough presents the Central Asian bar-headed goose. The bar-headed goose is a high-flier of the bird

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Sep 1MB

    totd: Australian Magpie

    Sir David Attenborough presents the Australian magpie. These large pibald birds with pickaxe bills reminded early

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Sep 1MB

    totd: Hoatzin

    Sir David Attenborough presents the South American hoatzin. Moving clumsily through riverside trees the funky Mohican

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Sep 1MB

    totd: Blue Bird of Paradise

    Sir David Attenborough begins the series with the blue bird of paradise. The crow sized blue birds of paradise provide a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 May 1MB

    totd: Pied Flycatcher

    David Attenborough presents the story of the pied flycatcher. The pied flycatcher is the voice of western woods, as much

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 May 1MB

    totd: Whimbrel

    David Attenborough presents the story of the whimbrel. Whimbrels are sometimes known as 'seven whistlers' from the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 May 1MB

    totd: Reed Bunting

    David Attenborough presents the story of the reed bunting. The reed bunting makes up for its lack of musicality with

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 May 1MB

    totd: Urban Dawn Chorus

    David Attenborough introduces the final recording marking International Dawn Chorus day. The urban dawn chorus was

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 May 1MB

    totd: Wetland Dawn Chorus

    David Attenborough celebrates International Day Chorus Day with the third of four recordings marking this event. In this

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 May 1MB

    totd: Heather Moorland Dawn Chorus

    David Attenborough celebrates International Dawn Chorus Day with the second of four recordings marking this event. In

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 May 1MB

    totd: Woodland Dawn Chorus

    David Attenborough presents a dawn chorus recording made in Rutland Water. The outpouring of song is so dense that it is

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Apr 1MB

    totd: Stone Curlew

    Kate Humble presents the stone curlew. Stone curlews belong to a family known as 'thick-knees' but their country name of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Apr 1MB

    totd: Fulmar

    Kate Humble presents the fulmar. You'd be forgiven for mistaking fulmars for gulls. They're large seabirds, grey above

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Apr 1MB

    totd: Red-throated Diver

    Kate Humble presents the red-throated diver. The eerie wails of a red-throated diver were supposed to foretell rain. In

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Apr 1MB

    totd: Goosander

    Kate Humble presents the goosander. Goosanders are handsome ducks and belong to a group known as 'sawbills' because

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Apr 1MB

    totd: Ruddy Duck

    Kate Humble presents the ruddy duck. Ruddy ducks are natives of North America. In the late 1950s and early 1960s several

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Apr 1MB

    totd: Capercaillie

    Kate Humble presents the capercaillie. The bizarre knife-grinding, cork-popping display of the male capercaillie is one

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Apr 1MB

    totd: Stock Dove

    Kate Humble presents the stock dove. Perhaps 'stock pigeon' would be a better name, because they're like slightly

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Apr 1MB

    totd: Little Grebe

    Kate Humble presents the little grebe. Little grebes are our smallest grebes. They're dumpy birds with dark brown

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Apr 1MB

    totd: Little Owl

    Kate Humble presents the little owl. Little owls really are little, about as long as a starling but much stockier with a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Apr 1MB

    totd: Hoopoe

    Kate Humble presents the hoopoe. The hoopoe, a salmon-coloured bird with a long curved bill and a black-tipped crest,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Apr 1MB

    totd: Green Woodpecker

    Kate Humble presents the green woodpecker. The maniacal laughing call, or 'yaffle', of a green woodpecker was supposed

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Apr 1MB

    totd: Meadow Pipit (Spring)

    Kate Humble presents the meadow pipit. No-one would give the meadow pipit any prizes in a beauty competition but this

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Apr 1MB

    totd: Swallow (Spring)

    Kate Humble presents the swallow. A flash of blue across farmland or a stableyard and a burst of twittering can only

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Apr 1MB

    totd: Common Whitethroat

    Kate Humble presents the common whitethroat. Whitethroats are warblers which winter in the Sahel region south of the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Apr 1MB

    totd: Great Grey Shrike

    Kate Humble presents the great grey shrike. Great grey shrikes feed on small birds, which they can catch in flight. They

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Apr 1MB

    totd: Grasshopper Warbler

    Kate Humble presents the grasshopper warbler. The reeling song of the grasshopper warbler sounds more like an insect

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Apr 1MB

    totd: Bittern

    Kate Humble presents the bittern. As the first shoots of spring appear in the reed-beds, you might hear the booming

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Apr 1MB

    totd: Curlew (Spring)

    Kate Humble presents the curlew. The haunting song of the curlew instantly summons the spirit of wild places. By April,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Apr 1MB

    totd: Snipe

    Kate Humble presents the snipe. The snipe is an intricately patterned wader, not much bigger than a blackbird but with

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Apr 1MB

    totd: Willow Warbler

    Kate Humble presents the willow warbler. The first willow warblers return from Africa in late March. Willow warblers

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Apr 1MB

    totd: Black Grouse

    Kate Humble presents the story of the black grouse. A black grouse lek is one of Nature's spectacles. Charged with

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Apr 1MB

    totd: Woodcock

    Kate Humble presents the woodcock. Woodcocks are waders, thickset, long-billed, and superbly camouflaged. On the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 31 Mar 1MB

    totd: Ring Ouzel

    Bill Oddie presents the ring ouzel. Ring ouzels are related to blackbirds and because they nest in the uplands, they're

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Mar 1MB

    totd: Big Bird

    As part of Radio 4's Character Invasion Day, Chris Packham presents a unique Tweet of the Day to tell the story of Big

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Mar 1MB

    totd: Black Redstart

    Bill Oddie presents the black redstart. It was the German Luftwaffe which enabled black redstarts to gain a real

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Mar 1MB

    totd: Little Ringed Plover

    Bill Oddie presents the little ringed plover. In 1938, there was great excitement at a Hertfordshire reservoir. On the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Mar 1MB

    totd: Ruff

    Bill Oddie presents the ruff. The glory of the ruff lies in its extravagant courtship displays. For most of the year

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Mar 1MB

    totd: Alpine Swift

    Bill Oddie presents the alpine swift. Alpine swifts are impressive anchor-shaped birds, the colour of coffee above and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Mar 1MB

    totd: Egyptian Goose

    Bill Oddie presents the Egyptian goose. Although Egyptian geese are common throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa and in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Mar 1MB

    totd: Snow Goose

    Bill Oddie presents the snow goose. Snow geese breed in the Canadian Arctic and fly south in autumn to feed. Their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Mar 1MB

    totd: Goldeneye

    Bill Oddie presents the goldeneye. Although they’re a common winter visitor, you’ll need to travel to Speyside in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Mar 1MB

    totd: Sand Martin

    Bill Oddie presents the sand martin. The flickering shapes of sand martins over a lake or reservoir are a welcome sign

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Mar 1MB

    totd: Great Crested Grebe

    Bill Oddie presents the great crested grebe. In Spring, great crested grebes perform a high ritualized mating display.

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Mar 1MB

    totd: Grey Partridge

    Bill Oddie presents the Grey partridge. The grey partridge, a plump game bird, is now a rarity across most of the UK.

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Mar 1MB

    totd: Woodlark

    Bill Oddie presents the woodlark. Woodlarks are closely related to skylarks, but they're much rarer in the UK, where

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Mar 1MB

    totd: Cetti's Warbler

    Bill Oddie presents the Cetti's warbler. Until the 1960s, Cetti’s warblers were unknown in the UK but on the Continent

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Mar 1MB

    totd: Rook

    Bill Oddie presents the rook. High in the treetops buffeted by March winds, rooks are gathering twigs to build their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Mar 1MB

    totd: Peregrine

    Bill Oddie presents the peregrine. The peregrine is a truly awesome predator and a bird that we associate with wild

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Mar 1MB

    totd: Treecreeper

    Bill Oddie presents the treecreeper. Treecreepers are common woodland birds but because their high-pitched almost

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Mar 1MB

    totd: Nuthatch

    Bill Oddie presents the nuthatch. Nuthatches are the only UK birds that can climb down a tree as fast they can go up and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Mar 1MB

    totd: Lapwing

    Bill Oddie presents the lapwing. The lovely iridescent greens and purples of the lapwing: with its delicate crest and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Mar 1MB

    totd: Chiffchaff

    Bill Oddie presents the chiffchaff. Chiffchaff are small olive warblers which sing their name as they flit around

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Mar 1MB

    totd: Blackbird (Spring)

    Bill Oddie presents the blackbird. Blackbirds are thrushes and the brown female often has a few speckles on her throat

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Mar 1MB

    totd: St Kilda Wren

    Bill Oddie presents the St Kilda wren. The Island of St Kilda is not where you'd expect to see wrens but the wrens that

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Feb 1MB

    totd: Wigeon

    John Aitchison presents the wigeon. Wigeon are dabbling ducks and related to mallards and teal but unlike these birds

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Feb 1MB

    totd: Black-throated Diver

    John Aitchison presents the black-throated diver. Black-throated divers are strong contenders for our most beautiful

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Feb 1MB

    totd: White-fronted Goose

    John Aitchison presents the white-fronted goose. Flocks of White-Fronted Geese return each year to their favourite

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Feb 1MB

    totd: Golden Pheasant

    John Aitchison presents the golden pheasant. Golden pheasants are native to the mountains of China where they live in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Feb 1MB

    totd: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

    John Aitchison presents the lesser spotted woodpecker. Lesser spotted woodpeckers are the smallest of our three

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Feb 1MB

    totd: Slavonian Grebe

    John Aitchison tells the story of the Slavonian grebe. In winter, Slavonian Grebes, with their vermilion eyes, bright

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Feb 1MB

    totd: Parrot Crossbill

    John Aitchison tells the story of the parrot crossbill. The Parrot crossbill lives only in a few native pinewoods in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Feb 1MB

    totd: Chough

    John Aitchison tells the story of the chough. Our healthiest chough populations are in Ireland, southwest and north

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Feb 1MB

    totd: Skylark

    John Aitchison tells the story of the skylark. No other UK bird is capable of sustaining such a loud and complex song

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Feb 1MB

    totd: Canada Goose

    John Aitchison tells the story of the Canada goose. These large black-necked geese with white cheeks and chinstraps are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Feb 1MB

    totd: Waxwing

    John Aitchison presents the waxwing. Waxwings are winter visitors from Russia and Scandinavia where they breed in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Feb 1MB

    totd: Long-eared Owl

    John Aitchison presents the long-eared owl. The low moaning hoot of a long-eared owl filters through the blackness of a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Feb 1MB

    totd: Dunnock

    John Aitchison presents the dunnock. You'll often see dunnocks, or hedge sparrows, as they were once called, shuffling

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Feb 1MB

    totd: Wren

    John Aitchison presents the wren. You'll often see the male wren, with its tail cocked jauntily, singing from a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Feb 1MB

    totd: Chaffinch

    John Aitchison presents the chaffinch. The name chaffinch refers to its habit of flocking in stubble fields, often in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Feb 1MB

    totd: Great Spotted Woodpecker

    Chris Packham presents the great spotted woodpecker. In late winter and early spring, brightly-coloured head-bangers are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Feb 1MB

    totd: Avocet

    Chris Packham presents the avocet. With its black and white plumage, blue-grey legs and delicate upturned bill, the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Feb 1MB

    totd: Mallard

    Chris Packham presents the mallard. Mallards are our commonest ducks. In winter, mallards from Continental Europe join

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Feb 1MB

    totd: Great Bustard

    Chris Packham presents the great bustard. Great bustards, one of the heaviest flying birds in the world, were most

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Feb 1MB

    totd: Grey Heron (Winter)

    Chris Packham presents the grey heron. Winter can be a challenging time for grey herons. In freezing conditions, their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 31 Jan 1MB

    totd: Great Northern Diver

    Chris Packham presents the story of the great northern diver. The wailing cries of a great northern diver echo around

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Jan 1MB

    totd: Hen Harrier

    Chris Packham presents the story of the hen harrier. The sight of hen harriers floating in to their roost on a winter's

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Jan 1MB

    totd: Grey Wagtail

    Chris Packham presents the story of the grey wagtail. Grey wagtails are supremely graceful birds which boost their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Jan 1MB

    totd: Blue Tit

    Chris Packham presents the story of the blue tit. The perky blue tit is a stalwart of garden bird-feeders. This popular

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Jan 1MB

    totd: Shoveler

    Chris Packham presents the story of the shoveler. Swimming in circles, their huge beaks trawling the surface, shovelers

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Jan 1MB

    totd: Merlin

    Chris Packham presents the story of the merlin. These diminutive falcons nest in deep heather on moorland, mainly in the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Jan 1MB

    totd: Moorhen

    Chris Packham presents the story of the Moorhen. Almost anywhere there's freshwater you might hear or see a moorhen.

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Jan 1MB

    totd: Coot

    Chris Packham presents the story of the Coot. The explosive high-pitched call of the coot is probably a sound most of us

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Jan 1MB

    totd: Lesser White-Fronted Goose

    Chris Packham presents the story of the Lesser White-Fronted Goose. The lesser white-fronted goose is now a very rare

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Jan 1MB

    totd: Mandarin Duck

    Chris Packham presents the story of the Mandarin Duck. A drake mandarin has orange whiskers, red bill, a broad creamy

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Jan 1MB

    totd: Glossy Ibis

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Glossy Ibis. If, from a distance, you see what appears to be a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Jan 1MB

    totd: Black-Necked Grebe

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Black-Necked Grebe. In winter the black-necked grebe is largely grey and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Jan 1MB

    totd: Greylag Goose

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Greylag Goose. Greylags are the biggest and bulkiest of our wild grey geese

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Jan 1MB

    totd: Great White Egret

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Great White Egret. Great White Egrets are much bigger than little egrets,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Jan 1MB

    totd: Bewick's swan

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Bewick's Swan. This year is the 50th anniversary of Bewick Swan studies,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Jan 1MB

    totd: Collared Dove

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Collared Dove. Although these attractive sandy doves grace our bird-tables

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Jan 1MB

    totd: Ring-necked Parakeet

    David Attenborough presents the story of the ring-necked parakeet. These long-tailed emerald-green parakeets from Africa

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Jan 1MB

    totd: Great Tit

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Great Tit. That metallic 'tea-cher, tea-cher' song of the great tit is

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Jan 1MB

    totd: Mistle Thrush (Song)

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Mistle Thrush. Mistle thrushes are early singers and you'll often hear one

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Jan 1MB

    totd: Crossbill

    David Attenborough presents the story of the Crossbill. Crossbills are large finches that specialise in eating conifer

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Jan 1MB

    totd: Magpie

    David Attenborough presents the magpie. Magpies have always had a rascally streetwise image. They featured in anti-theft

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Jan 1MB

    totd: Raven

    David Attenborough presents the story of the raven. Ravens are one of the most widely distributed birds in the world and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Jan 1MB

    totd: Song Thrush (Winter)

    David Attenborough presents the story of the song thrush and reads a passage from Thomas Hardy's poem, The Darkling

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 31 Dec 1MB

    totd: Tawny Owl (Winter)

    David Attenborough presents the Tawny Owl. Tawny owls are our most urban owls, often living close to the centre of towns

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Dec 1MB

    totd: Starling

    David Attenborough presents the starling. Throughout autumn parties of starlings have been crossing the North Sea to

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Dec 1MB

    totd: Knot

    David Attenborough presents the knot. Knot are dumpy waders which breed in the high Arctic but winter in hundreds of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Dec 1MB

    totd: Red Kite

    David Attenborough presents the red kite. After centuries of persecution red kites were almost wiped out but in 1989 a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Dec 1MB

    totd: Robin

    David Attenborough presents the robin. Christmas cards became popular around 1860 and robins often featured, carrying

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Dec 1MB

    totd: Dipper

    David Attenborough presents the dipper. On a cold winter's day when few birds are singing, the bright rambling song of a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Dec 1MB

    totd: Lesser Redpoll

    David Attenborough presents the lesser redpoll. You can spot Lesser Redpolls hanging like tiny acrobatic parrots among

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Dec 1MB

    totd: Purple Sandpiper

    David Attenborough presents the purple sandpiper. On winter beaches, where waves break on seaweed-covered rocks, purple

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Dec 1MB

    totd: Snow Bunting

    David Attenborough presents the snow bunting. The ornithologist and author, Desmond Nethersole-Thompson, described the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Dec 1MB

    totd: Sanderling

    David Attenborough presents the sanderling. Twinkling along the tideline, so fast that their legs are a blur,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Dec 1MB

    totd: Ptarmigan

    David Attenborough presents the ptarmigan. Few birds are tough enough to brave winter on the highest of Scottish

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Dec 1MB

    totd: Shelduck

    David Attenborough presents the shelduck. Shelducks are birds of open mud and sand which they sift for water snails and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Dec 1MB

    totd: Brent Geese

    Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs. Chris

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Dec 1MB

    totd: Mute Swan

    Chris Packham presents the Mute Swan. Mute Swans are deeply embedded in our culture. They are unique among British birds

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Dec 1MB

    totd: Water Rail

    Chris Packham presents the water rail. Water rails are very secretive and live in thick vegetation in marshes and fens

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Dec 1MB

    totd: Gadwall

    Chris Packham presents the gadwall. Gadwall were rare ducks until a few decades ago, now though, gadwall are spreading

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Dec 1MB

    totd: Long-tailed Duck

    Chris Packham presents the long-tailed duck. The musical call of the long-tailed duck gives it the Scottish name of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Dec 1MB

    totd: Teal

    Chris Packham presents the teal. Teal are our smallest duck and the drakes are striking birds, heads burnished with

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Dec 1MB

    totd: Fieldfare

    Chris Packham presents the fieldfare. Fieldfares are thrushes, and very handsome ones. They have slate-grey heads, dark

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Dec 1MB

    totd: Blackbird

    Chris Packham presents the blackbird. Resident blackbirds are on the alert just now because their territories are under

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Dec 1MB

    totd: Barn Owl

    Chris Packham presents the barn owl. As soft-plumaged birds which weigh very little Barn Owls avoid hunting in strong

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Dec 1MB

    totd: Whooper Swan

    Chris Packham presents the whooper swan. The elegance and beauty of wild swans has inspired writers and musicians across

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Nov 1MB

    totd: Little Auk

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Little Auk. Little auks are black and white relatives of the puffin but only about half

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Nov 1MB

    totd: Goshawk

    Martin Hughes Games presents the Goshawk. A favourite bird of Martin Hughes-Games, who is presenting November's 'Tweet

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Nov 1MB

    totd: Twite

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Twite. Twites are birds of heather moorland and crofting land - a Scottish name is

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Nov 1MB

    totd: Tree Sparrow

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Tree Sparrow. With its russet cap, white cheeks and smarter appearance, the tree

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Nov 1MB

    totd: Black-tailed Godwit

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Black-Tailed Godwit. A black-tailed godwit in its summer finery is a stunningly

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Nov 1MB

    totd: Hawfinch

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Hawfinch. The Hawfinch is a large thickset finch with a massive bill. It uses this to

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Nov 1MB

    totd: Willow Tit

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Willow Tit. Willow Tits are declining rapidly in many areas: they are very similar to

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Nov 1MB

    totd: Marsh Tit

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Marsh Tit. The marsh tit is badly-named. It doesn't live in marshes, and is most at

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Nov 1MB

    totd: Dunlin

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Dunlin. Dunlins are a stirring sight, en masse, as their flocks twist and turn over the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Nov 1MB

    totd: Pied Wagtail

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Pied Wagtail. In winter, pied wagtails can often be seen roosting in towns and cities

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Nov 1MB

    totd: Linnet

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Linnet. Linnets gather in large flocks to feed on weed-seeds and the seeds of oilseed

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Nov 1MB

    totd: Common Crane

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Common Crane. Common Cranes were extinct in the UK in the 17th century. Now, they are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Nov 1MB

    totd: Golden Plover

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Golden Plover. If, among a flock of lapwings circling over a ploughed field, you see

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Nov 1MB

    totd: Black-headed Gulls

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Black-Headed Gull. Black-Headed Gulls are our commonest small gull and throughout the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Nov 1MB

    totd: Siskin

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Siskin. Siskins are visiting our gardens as never before. These birds now breed across

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Nov 1MB

    totd: Wader Roost

    Martin Hughes-Games tells the story of the flocks of waders which are drawn to the UK's estuaries. Britain's estuaries

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Nov 1MB

    totd: Bar-tailed Godwit

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Bar-tailed Godwit. Bar-tailed godwits are waders which occur around the globe and are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Nov 1MB

    totd: Barnacle Goose

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Barnacle Goose. Yapping like terriers, skeins of barnacle geese leave their roosts on

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Nov 1MB

    totd: Redshank, part 2

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the Redshank. Redshanks spend the winter on our estuaries and wetlands, taking food from

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Nov 1MB

    totd: Curlew

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the story of the curlew. The UK is a vital wintering ground for flocks of curlews. Some

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Nov 1MB

    totd: Jackdaw

    Martin Hughes-Games presents the jackdaw. Jackdaws are scavengers with a reputation for stealing shiny or glittering

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 31 Oct 1MB

    totd: Mourning Dove

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Mourning Dove. On a November evening at the end of the last

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Oct 1MB

    totd: Bobolink

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Bobolink. You might never have heard of a Bobolink – but these

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Oct 1MB

    totd: Firecrest

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Firecrest. Firecrests are very small birds, a mere nine

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Oct 1MB

    totd: Shore Lark

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Shore Lark. Shore Larks are also known as horned larks because in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Oct 1MB

    totd: Cattle Egret

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Cattle Egret. Cattle egrets were originally birds of the African

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Oct 1MB

    totd: Leach's Storm Petrel

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Leach's Storm-Petrel. Only the most far-flung islands around our

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Oct 1MB

    totd: Sooty Shearwater

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Sooty Shearwater. Sooty Shearwaters are rather scarce seabirds

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Oct 1MB

    totd: Yellow-browed Warbler

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Yellow-Browed Warbler. The delicate yellow-browed warbler breeds in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Oct 1MB

    totd: Crested Tit

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Crested Tit. Although crested tits are quite common in Continental

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Oct 1MB

    totd: Goldcrest

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Goldcrest. Goldcrests are, by a whisker, our smallest bird -

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Oct 1MB

    totd: Carrion Crow

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Carrion Crow. The crow is defined in Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Oct 1MB

    totd: Short-eared Owl

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Short-eared Owl. Short-eared owls, one of our most spectacular

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Oct 1MB

    totd: Rock Dove

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Rock Dove. The birds that Woody Allen once described as "rats with

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Oct 1MB

    totd: Jack Snipe

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Jack Snipe. The song of the Jack snipe has been likened to the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Oct 1MB

    totd: Grey Plover

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Grey Plover. The call of the grey plover across the shimmering

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Oct 1MB

    totd: Brambling

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Brambling. Bramblings are the northern equivalent of the chaffinch

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Oct 1MB

    totd: Common Pheasant

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Common Pheasant. The crowing of pheasants is a sound inseparable

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Oct 1MB

    totd: Bearded Tit

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Bearded Tit. Bearded Tit live in reed-beds, eat mainly reed-seeds

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Oct 1MB

    totd: Pink-Footed Goose

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Pink-Footed Goose. To see and hear a skein of pink-footed geese as

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Oct 1MB

    totd: Ortolan Bunting

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Ortolan Bunting. Ortolan Buntings are smart relatives of our

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Oct 1MB

    totd: Eider

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Eider. Eiders are northern sea-ducks perhaps most famous for the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Oct 1MB

    totd: Red-Legged Partridge

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Red-legged Partridge. The red-legged partridge, which are sometimes

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Oct 1MB

    totd: Redwing

    Wildlife Sound Recordist, Chris Watson, presents the Redwing. The soft thin 'seep' calls of redwings as they fly over at

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Sep 1MB

    totd: Serin

    Serins breed just across the English Channel but they are small finches that continue to tantalize ornithologists here

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Sep 1MB

    totd: Tawny Pipit

    Tawny pipits have never bred in the UK in real life but they have in fiction. Released in 1944 the film, 'The Tawny

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Sep 1MB

    totd: Great Reed Warbler

    As you'd expect from their name, Great Reed Warblers are a much larger version of the Common Reed Warbler and breed in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Sep 1MB

    totd: Melodious Warbler

    A lemon-yellow warbler singing on a sunny Spanish hillside will be the well-named Melodious Warbler. They are slightly

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Sep 1MB

    totd: Aquatic Warbler

    The stripy aquatic warbler is streaked like the sedges it lives in and is the only globally threatened European perching

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Sep 1MB

    totd: Bluethroat

    This is a fine songbird and a sprightly robin-sized bird with a dazzling sapphire bib. Your best chance of seeing one is

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Sep 1MB

    totd: Jay

    This bird is a colourful member of the crow family. In September and October you'll often see jays flying around

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Sep 1MB

    totd: Thrush Nightingale

    Even though there's no sign of the whistling crescendos that are a hallmark of its close relative, the Nightingale, the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Sep 1MB

    totd: Turnstone

    A turnstone is a stout little wading bird which you'll often see probing under seaweed on rocky shores or flipping

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Sep 1MB

    totd: Hobby

    Sickle winged, red-trousered and black-moustached, the hobby is a strikingly beautiful falcon. Hobbies arrive in the UK

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Sep 1MB

    totd: Great Shearwater

    The Great Shearwater; a wanderer of the open ocean. They breed on remote islands in the South Atlantic and then disperse

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Sep 1MB

    totd: Great Spotted Woodpecker

    In spring Great Spotted Woodpeckers drum loudly with their bills against tree bark to advertise their territories.

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Sep 1MB

    totd: Mistle Thrush

    Loud rattling calls, like someone scraping a comb across wood, tell you that Mistle Thrushes are about. From midsummer

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Sep 1MB

    totd: Wood Sandpiper

    Wood Sandpipers are elegant waders and just a handful of pairs breed in the UK, in wooded marshes and remote bogs of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Sep 1MB

    totd: Green Sandpiper

    The Green Sandpiper; a bird with a wonderful yodelling call and the heart-stopping suddenness with which it leaps up

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Sep 1MB

    totd: Meadow Pipit

    The thin but penetrating calls of the meadow pipit can be heard on a remote mountainside or high above the city streets

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Sep 1MB

    totd: Red Grouse

    These birds like to eat the shoots of young heather and nest in the shelter of older clumps. For many years Red Grouse

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Sep 1MB

    totd: Greenshank

    The ringing triple call of a greenshank from a pool or marshy area is something to listen out for and a sure sign that

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Sep 1MB

    totd: Roseate Tern

    One of the rarest of the UK's breeding seabirds, the Roseate Tern is exquisitely graceful. Roseate means flushed with

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Sep 1MB

    totd: Swallow

    You can see Swallows at this time of year gathering on telegraph wires, strung out like musical notes on a stave, before

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Sep 1MB

    totd: Robin

    The autumn song of the Robin is the soundtrack to shortening days, gathering mists and ripening fruit. Robins sing in

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Aug 1MB

    totd: Barred Warbler

    With its glaring yellow eyes, banded chest and long white-tipped tail, the Barred Warbler is always an exciting find.

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Aug 1MB

    totd: White-tailed Eagle

    White-tailed eagles, sometimes called the sea eagle, are our largest breeding bird of prey and in flight have been

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Aug 1MB

    totd: Golden Eagle

    Golden Eagles are magisterial birds. With a wingspan of over two metres their displays are dramatic affairs involving

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Aug 1MB

    totd: Spotted Redshank

    Spotted Redshanks are elegant long-legged waders which don't breed in the UK but pass through in spring and autumn on

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Aug 1MB

    totd: Common Gull

    In spite of their name Common Gulls aren't as common or widespread as some of our other gulls. Most of the breeding

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Aug 1MB

    totd: Common Tern

    The Common Tern is the most widespread of our breeding terns and is very graceful. It has long slender wings and a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Aug 1MB

    totd: Honey Buzzard

    The Honey Buzzard is more closely related to the Kite than it is to our common Buzzard. It gets its name for its

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Aug 1MB

    totd: White Stork

    White Storks are annual visitors in small numbers to the UK, mainly in spring and summer when migrating birds overshoot

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Aug 1MB

    totd: Northern Wheatear

    With their black masks, white bellies, apricot chests and grey backs, male wheatears are colourful companions on a hill

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Aug 1MB

    totd: Icterine Warbler

    Icterine Warblers are fluent mimics and include phrases of other species in their song. Their name, icterine, is derived

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Aug 1MB

    totd: Yellow Wagtail

    Arriving in April, Yellow Wagtails are summer visitors to the UK, breeding mostly in the south and east. The Yellow

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Aug 1MB

    totd: Arctic Skua

    Arctic Skuas are the pirates of the bird world and cash in on the efforts other seabirds make to find food. They are

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Aug 1MB

    totd: Rock Pipit

    The sight a rock pipit, a greyish bird no bigger than a sparrow, at home on the highest cliffs and feeding within reach

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Aug 1MB

    totd: Bullfinch

    Male bullfinches have rose-pink breasts and black caps and are eye-catching whilst the females are a duller pinkish-grey

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Aug 1MB

    totd: Common Redstart

    Redstarts are summer visitors from sub-Saharan Africa. The males are very handsome birds, robin-sized, but with a black

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Aug 1MB

    totd: Long-tailed Tit

    Long-tailed tits are sociable birds and family ties are vital. They even roost together at night, huddled in lines on a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Aug 1MB

    totd: Oystercatcher

    These black and white waders used to be called sea-pies because of their pied plumage, which contrasts sharply with

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Aug 1MB

    totd: Great Black-backed Gull

    The great black-backed gull is one of the largest in the world. They are quite common around our coasts and you can see

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Aug 1MB

    totd: Ringed Plover

    Camouflage is crucial to ringed plovers because they lay their eggs among the pebbles and shingle of the open beach. To

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Aug 1MB

    totd: Woodpigeon

    Woodpigeon are on of our most widespread birds, you can hear this song all year round; just about anywhere. The young

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Aug 1MB

    totd: House Sparrow

    House sparrows are more commonly found living alongside us than any other British bird. Perhaps the most enterprising

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Aug 1MB

    totd: Stonechats

    Stonechats are well named: their call sounds just like two pebbles being struck together. The males are striking birds

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 31 Jul 1MB

    totd: Red-backed Shrike

    Red-backed shrikes were once regular summer visitors to scrubby hillsides and heathery commons and are handsome birds;

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 Jul 1MB

    totd: Little Tern

    Little terns are our smallest terns. You can pick them out from our other terns by their smaller size, white forehead

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 Jul 1MB

    totd: Kestrel

    The kestrel is widely distributed throughout the UK and when hovering is our most recognisable bird of prey. Their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Jul 1MB

    totd: Whinchat

    Whinchats are perky little summer visitors, about the size of a robin and migrate to the UK in spring from their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Jul 1MB

    totd: Black-browed Albatross

    Although they're residents of the Antarctic seas , black-browed albatrosses have turned up in the UK many times. For a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Jul 1MB

    totd: Red-necked Phalarope

    Red-necked phalaropes are among our rarest waders, small and colourful with needle-like bills and they breed in very

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 Jul 1MB

    totd: Lesser Black-backed Gull

    These smart gulls are charcoal grey on top and white beneath. Like herring gulls, their close relatives LBBs have moved

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 Jul 1MB

    totd: Dotterel

    Dotterels are waders, rather like small plovers with a broad white-eye stripe. In the UK, they're almost confined as

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Jul 1MB

    totd: Sparrowhawk

    A garden visit from a sparrowhawk can be an exciting affair. They're smash-and grab raiders, using bushes, hedgerows and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Jul 1MB

    totd: Spotted Flycatcher

    Spotted flycatchers may be rather plain-looking but they're full of character and they often nest in our gardens. The

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Jul 1MB

    totd: Cirl Bunting

    Cirl buntings are related to yellowhammers and look rather like them, but the male cirl bunting has a black throat and a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 Jul 1MB

    totd: Kingfisher

    The Ancient Greeks knew the kingfisher as Halcyon and believed that the female built her nest on the waves calming the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 Jul 1MB

    totd: Herring Gull

    Herring gulls now regularly breed inland and that's because of the way we deal with our refuse. Since the Clean Air Acts

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Jul 1MB

    totd: Tree Pipit

    Tree pipits are small brown birds without any bright colours or distinctive features; but you can identify one from a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Jul 1MB

    totd: Coal Tit

    Coal tits often visit our bird-tables but don't hang around. They dart off with food to hide it in crevices and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Jul 1MB

    totd: House Martin

    House martins are often confused with swallows , but look shorter-tailed and lack the rusty throats. They're compact

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 Jul 1MB

    totd: Corncrake

    Correction to factual error in the broadcast programme: Subsequent to the broadcast of this programme, we would like

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 Jul 1MB

    totd: Osprey

    Ospreys are fish-eaters and the sight of one of these majestic birds plunging feet first to catch its prey is a sight to

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Jul 1MB

    totd: Buzzard

    Common buzzards are stocky birds of prey which often soar on upturned wings. In Scotland they're sometimes called the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Jul 1MB

    totd: Sandwich Tern

    Sandwich terns are the UK's largest breeding terns and have shaggy black crests and a black bill with a yellow tip. They

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Jul 1MB

    totd: Turtle Dove

    The soft purring song of the turtle Doves are mentioned in the Song of Solomon in the Bible: " The voice of the turtle

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 02 Jul 1MB

    totd: Yellowhammer

    The yellowhammer is a member of the bunting family and its name comes from "ammer" the German for bunting. It's one of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 01 Jul 1MB

    totd: Corn Bunting

    Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs. Steve

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 Jun 1MB

    totd: Reed Warbler

    Reed warblers are summer visitors from Africa, one of the few long-distance migrants that are faring well in northern

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 Jun 1MB

    totd: Marsh Warbler

    Marsh warblers are astonishing mimics and when you hear one singing you could be forgiven for thinking that there's a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 26 Jun 1MB

    totd: Savi's Warbler

    Count yourself very lucky if you hear the buzzing song of a Savi's Warbler, these are very rare birds indeed, especially

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Jun 1MB

    totd: Common Sandpiper

    This bird can look slightly pot-bellied as it bobs nervously on the edge of an upland lake or on a midstream boulder.

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 Jun 1MB

    totd: Little Egret

    The colonisation of the UK by these small brilliant-white herons with black bills and yellow feet, has astonished

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 Jun 1MB

    totd: Wryneck

    These strange birds - with feathers intricately barred and blotched in browns, blacks, fawns and creams - are so-called

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 Jun 1MB

    totd: Cormorant

    Although cormorants are common on rocky and estuarine shores, increasingly they are breeding inland in tree colonies -

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 19 Jun 1MB

    totd: Lesser Whitethroat

    A loud rattling song from a roadside hedge announces that Lesser whitethroats are back from their African winter homes.

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 18 Jun 1MB

    totd: Golden Oriole

    Golden orioles look as exotic as they sound. The male is bright yellow with black wings and a reddish bill. The female

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 Jun 1MB

    totd: Great Skua

    Great skuas are often known as bonxies - their local name in Shetland where most of the UK's population breeds. Almost

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 Jun 1MB

    totd: Gannet

    The North Atlantic is the international stronghold for this impressive seabird - with its wingspan of nearly 2 metres,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 Jun 1MB

    totd: Arctic Tern

    Arctic terns are superlative birds. They're best known for seeing more daylight than any other bird as they migrate

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 12 Jun 1MB

    totd: Quail

    Quails are summer visitors in varying numbers to the UK, mainly from southern Europe and Africa - and sudden arrivals of

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 11 Jun 1MB

    totd: Manx Shearwater

    Around 90% of the world's Manx Shearwaters breed around our coasts, most on remote islands such as Skomer, Skokholm and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 Jun 1MB

    totd: Barn Owl

    Barn owls are mainly nocturnal hunters. They are ghostly creatures, with rounded wings and a large head which acts as a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 Jun 1MB

    totd: Goldfinch

    With its bright yellow wing-flashes and face painted black, white and red, the goldfinch is one of our most colourful

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 Jun 1MB

    totd: Razorbill

    Smart as a dinner-jacketed waiter and with a deep blunt patterned bill, the razorbill is a striking bird - though its

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 05 Jun 1MB

    totd: Puffin

    Far better-known for its comical looks than its calls, the puffin is a bird that that is recognised by many and has

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 04 Jun 1MB

    totd: Kittiwake

    In June you can find kittiwakes breeding on sea-cliffs around the coast. You may well hear them before you see them,

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 03 Jun 1MB

    totd: Nightjar

    Take a walk on a heath on a warm summer evening and you may hear the strange churring sound of the nightjar.

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 31 May 1MB

    totd: Cuckoo (Female)

    The "cuckoo" call of the male is perhaps one of the most recognisable of all bird sounds. But the sound of "bathwater

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 30 May 1MB

    totd: Sedge Warbler

    Sedge warblers like tangled vegetation near water. They're summer visitors here but seek out similar habitats in Africa

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 29 May 1MB

    totd: Storm Petrel

    The storm petrels as a group are the smallest seabirds in the world and called "Jesus Christ birds" because they give

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 28 May 1MB

    totd: Guillemot

    Guillemots breed on cliff ledges and the chick is encouraged to make its first flight at the pointing of fledging by

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 27 May 1MB

    totd: Spotted Crake

    If it weren't for its whiplash song, the spotted crake could win a prize as our least visible bird. Unlike its showy

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 24 May 1MB

    totd: Redshank, part 1

    Redshanks are one of our commonest wading birds at home in freshwater marshes and on estuaries where you can easily

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 23 May 1MB

    totd: Garganey

    When you hear the male's peculiar call, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Garganey is a grasshopper rather

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 22 May 1MB

    totd: Tawny Owl

    Most of us know the "hoot" and "too-wit" of Tawny Owls but might be puzzled if we heard wheezing in the woods, the sound

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 21 May 1MB

    totd: Greenfinch

    Often seen singing from the tops of garden trees looking large for a finch with a heavy bill, these are sadly a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 20 May 1MB

    totd: Shag

    Perhaps the least vocal of all British birds they hiss and belch to warn off interlopers getting too close to their

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 17 May 1MB

    totd: Dartford Warbler

    Dartford Warblers prefer Mediterranean wine-producing climates, which means ice and snow is bad news for them. The harsh

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 16 May 1MB

    totd: Grey Heron

    The Grey Heron makes a loud croaking sound, often standing in an ungainly way on a tree-top which it might share with

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 15 May 1MB

    totd: Blackcap

    Many Blackcaps winter in sub-Sarharan Africa, but increasingly birds have been wintering in the Mediterranean and over

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 14 May 1MB

    totd: Garden Warbler

    Garden warblers aren't very well named. These are birds which like overgrown thickets of shrubs and small trees and so

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 13 May 1MB

    totd: Nightingale (Part 2)

    David Attenborough presents the extraordinary duet between cellist Beatrice Harrison and a nightingale recorded live as

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 10 May 1MB

    totd: Nightingale (Part 1)

    A bird whose song of rich crescendos of pure whistles and breathless phrases is hailed as one of the most complex and

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 09 May 1MB

    totd: Wood Warbler

    Their song has been described as "a spinning coin on a marble slab" and you're most likely to hear this chorister in oak

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 08 May 1MB

    totd: Swift

    Swifts live in the sky, feeding, mating and sleeping on the wing. Their feet are so reduced they cannot stand

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 07 May 1MB

    totd: Song Thrush

    The male's song in the dawn chorus includes a repertoire of over a hundred different phrases making it one of the

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 06 May 1MB

    totd: Cuckoo (Male)

    After spending winter in Africa, the migratory urge propels the Cuckoos northwards. And for many of us their return is a

    Duration: 2 mins

  • 25 Apr 1MB

    totd: Welcome

    Welcome to Tweet of the Day by Radio 4.

    Duration: 1 min