BBC radio starts the day with birdsong: ‘Tweet of the Day’

The BBC has announced that veteran naturalist David Attenborough (pictured) will host a 90-second show dedicated to British birdsong. It features the song of a different bird each weekday, along with background on the species’ behavior, habits and place in literature and folklore.

Attenborough, who has traveled the world for documentary series including “Planet Earth” and “Frozen Planet,” said he was delighted to be involved in something closer to home.

He commented: “I’ve seen some of the most incredible animals on my travels around the world, but ‘Tweet Of The Day’ is a nice reminder of the teeming world of birds on my doorstep.”

The show on the BBC’s main talk station, Radio 4, may be best appreciated by those who rise with the birds. “Tweet of the Day” will be broadcast at 5:58 a.m.

The BBC said 265 different birds will be featured during the year-long series, which begins with a recording of the cuckoo and moves on to song thrushes, swifts and wood warblers.

Attenborough will host for the first month, and be followed by other BBC presenters.

“Tweet of the Day” will be available online and promoted on Twitter, under the hashtag “r4tweet.”

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