“It will never catch on” said the producers of the proposed radio programme.

“Birdwatching..? On the wireless..? Everyday..? Are you mad?”

But sometimes an idea captures enough peoples’ imaginations to make it viable and so it was. May I introduce you to “Tweet of the Day“, a regular feature on BBC’s Radio 4.

It is simply a short clip of birds’ songs and calls, accompanied by a short natural history of the featured bird, or a personal story from a narrator. If you listen via a mobile phone or a tablet-style device, there are pictures too. Most people who listen to Radio 4 do not own a tablet. Nor a smart phone.

Try this one to start you off.

Or perhaps this one.

Most of the clips are very short; less than one and a half minutes and if you wish to binge-listen, you can find the box-set here.

If you are up early enough, you can listen live (assuming you can get Radio 4, on DAB, BBC Radio 4, FM 92-95, or 103-105, LW 198) just before 06.00 UK time. Every day.

Alternatively, you could tune in to the “Tweet of the Week“, a longer programme which explores stories more deeply.

Thank you to Tony Skinner for access to his magnificent collection of vintage radios.

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.