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: Puffin June 5, 2013
Far better-known for its comical looks than its calls, the puffin is a bird that that is recognised by many and has earned the nickname "sea-parrot" or "clown of the sea". Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Kittiwake June 4, 2013
In June you can find kittiwakes breeding on sea-cliffs around the coast. You may well hear them before you see them, shouting their name from vertiginous cliffs. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Nightjar June 3, 2013
Take a walk on a heath on a warm summer evening and you may hear the strange churring sound of the nightjar. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Cuckoo (Female) May 31, 2013
The "cuckoo" call of the male is perhaps one of the most recognisable of all bird sounds. But the sound of "bathwater gurgling down a plughole" is much familiar and is the call of the looking for somewhere to lay her eggs. Written by Brett...
totd: Sedge Warbler May 30, 2013
Sedge warblers like tangled vegetation near water. They're summer visitors here but seek out similar habitats in Africa where they spend the winter. Before leaving our shores in autumn, they gorge on insects, often doubling their weight. Written by...
totd: Storm Petrel May 29, 2013
The storm petrels as a group are the smallest seabirds in the world and called "Jesus Christ birds" because they give the appearance they can walk on water as they flutter over the sea surface dangling their legs whilst looking for food. Written by...
totd: Guillemot May 28, 2013
Guillemots breed on cliff ledges and the chick is encouraged to make its first flight at the pointing of fledging by being encouraged to jump by its mother or father calling from the sea below. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Spotted Crake May 27, 2013
If it weren't for its whiplash song, the spotted crake could win a prize as our least visible bird. Unlike its showy relatives the coot and the moorhen, this polka-dotted skulker is notoriously hard to find and only rarely betrays itself by singing....
totd: Redshank, part 1 May 24, 2013
Redshanks are one of our commonest wading birds at home in freshwater marshes and on estuaries where you can easily recognise them from their combination of long scarlet legs, white rumps and wing-bars and greyish brown bodies. Written by Brett...
totd: Redshank May 24, 2013
Redshanks are one of our commonest wading birds at home in freshwater marshes and on estuaries where you can easily recognise them from their combination of long scarlet legs, white rumps and wing-bars and greyish brown bodies. Written by Brett...
totd: Garganey May 23, 2013
When you hear the male's peculiar call, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Garganey is a grasshopper rather than a duck. One of its other names is 'cricket teal' and the dry rattle is unlike any other British bird sound you'll hear. Written...
totd: Tawny Owl May 22, 2013
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 of the young. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Greenfinch May 21, 2013
Often seen singing from the tops of garden trees looking large for a finch with a heavy bill, these are sadly a declining garden bird. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Shag May 20, 2013
Perhaps the least vocal of all British birds they hiss and belch to warn off interlopers getting too close to their nest. They are seabirds and their name comes from the shaggy crest on the top of their head. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by...
totd: Dartford Warbler May 17, 2013
Dartford Warblers prefer Mediterranean wine-producing climates, which means ice and snow is bad news for them. The harsh winters of 1961 and 1962 reduced the population to just 11 pairs, but fortunately the numbers have since recovered. Written by...
totd: Grey Heron May 16, 2013
The Grey Heron makes a loud croaking sound, often standing in an ungainly way on a tree-top which it might share with many others for nesting - the heronry. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Blackcap May 15, 2013
Many Blackcaps winter in sub-Sarharan Africa, but increasingly birds have been wintering in the Mediterranean and over the last few decades spent the winter in the UK. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah Blunt....
totd: Garden Warbler May 14, 2013
Garden warblers aren't very well named. These are birds which like overgrown thickets of shrubs and small trees and so you're more likely to find them in woodland clearings especially in newly- coppiced areas. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by...
David Attenborough presents the extraordinary duet between cellist Beatrice Harrison and a nightingale recorded live as an outside broadcast and the first broadcast of any wild animal not in captivity. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah...
A bird whose song of rich crescendos of pure whistles and breathless phrases is hailed as one of the most complex and beautiful in the bird world and quite different to its plain brown appearance. Written by Brett Westwood. Produced by Sarah...