Tweet of the Day

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Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound.

totd: Corn Bunting July 1, 2013
Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs. Steve Backshall begins July with the corn bunting. Corn buntings may be plain-looking birds which sing their scratchy songs from...
totd: Reed Warbler June 28, 2013
Reed warblers are summer visitors from Africa, one of the few long-distance migrants that are faring well in northern Europe - possibly because we're creating more gravel pits and conservation reedbeds. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah...
totd: Marsh Warbler June 27, 2013
Marsh warblers are astonishing mimics and when you hear one singing you could be forgiven for thinking that there's a flock of different species in the bush. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Savi's Warbler June 26, 2013
Count yourself very lucky if you hear the buzzing song of a Savi's Warbler, these are very rare birds indeed, especially breeding pairs and the nests are almost impossible to find, so their song is the best clue that they're about. Written by Brett...
totd: Common Sandpiper June 25, 2013
This bird can look slightly pot-bellied as it bobs nervously on the edge of an upland lake or on a midstream boulder. Get too close though and it will be off - flickering low over the surface on bowed wings. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by...
totd: Little Egret June 24, 2013
The colonisation of the UK by these small brilliant-white herons with black bills and yellow feet, has astonished ornithologists because of its speed. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Wryneck June 21, 2013
These strange birds - with feathers intricately barred and blotched in browns, blacks, fawns and creams - are so-called because of their habit of writhing their heads round at seemingly impossible angles. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah...
totd: Cormorant June 20, 2013
Although cormorants are common on rocky and estuarine shores, increasingly they are breeding inland in tree colonies - where branches whitened by their droppings are a giveaway in summer. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Lesser Whitethroat June 19, 2013
A loud rattling song from a roadside hedge announces that Lesser whitethroats are back from their African winter homes. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Golden Oriole June 18, 2013
Golden orioles look as exotic as they sound. The male is bright yellow with black wings and a reddish bill. The female is more greenish, but both are very hard to see among the fluttering leaves. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Great Skua June 17, 2013
Great skuas are often known as bonxies - their local name in Shetland where most of the UK's population breeds. Almost two thirds of the world's great skuas nest here or on Orkney. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Gannet June 14, 2013
The North Atlantic is the international stronghold for this impressive seabird - with its wingspan of nearly 2 metres, remorseless expression and dagger-like bill. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Arctic Tern June 13, 2013
Arctic terns are superlative birds. They're best known for seeing more daylight than any other bird as they migrate between the Antarctic seas, where they spend our winter, and their breeding grounds in northern Europe - a staggering round trip of...
totd: Quail June 12, 2013
Quails are summer visitors in varying numbers to the UK, mainly from southern Europe and Africa - and sudden arrivals of migrating flocks in the Mediterranean countries were once more common than they are nowadays. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced...
totd: Manx Shearwater June 11, 2013
Around 90% of the world's Manx Shearwaters breed around our coasts, most on remote islands such as Skomer, Skokholm and Rum. The steep-sided mountains of Rum hold the largest colony in the world, and the grassy mountainsides are riddled in places with...
totd: Barn Owl June 10, 2013
Barn owls are mainly nocturnal hunters. They are ghostly creatures, with rounded wings and a large head which acts as a reflector funnelling the slightest sound from their prey towards their large ear openings. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by...
totd: Goldfinch June 7, 2013
With its bright yellow wing-flashes and face painted black, white and red, the goldfinch is one of our most colourful birds. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Razorbill June 6, 2013
Smart as a dinner-jacketed waiter and with a deep blunt patterned bill, the razorbill is a striking bird - though its looks could be compensation for its voice. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Razorbill June 6, 2013
Smart as a dinner-jacketed waiter and with a deep blunt patterned bill, the razorbill is a striking bird - though its looks could be compensation for its voice. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Razorbill June 6, 2013
Smart as a dinner-jacketed waiter and with a deep blunt patterned bill, the razorbill is a striking bird - though its looks could be compensation for its voice. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....