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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.

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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.

    Satish Kumar and the Peacock

    Satish Kumar and the Peacock

    Satush Kumar was born in Rajasthan, India, where the Peacock, the Mayura, is a sacred bird and also associated with the monsoon. In India, it is believed that after the long, hot summer peacocks come out and display their bright and vibrant feathers in an extravagant dance to please Indra, the god of rain, before calling to let the rains begin, bringing relief to plants, animals, soils and humans.

    You can hear more from Satish in the second Tweet of the Week Omnibus editions available on the Radio 4 website. Aside from choosing his personal birds for the Omnibus, Satish's thoughts and teachings reflect in his recent writing on elegant simplicity, something which maybe the western world has become disconnected from, yet nature is all around us.

    Producer : Andrew Dawes
    Image : Copyright Resurgence Magazine

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    Satish Kumar on the Blackbird

    Satish Kumar on the Blackbird

    Peace & environment activist, Satish Kumar has lived in Devon for many years. In his garden he loves hearing the sweet melodious calls from a blackbird singing on a stone wall.

    You can hear more from Satish in the two Tweet of the Week Omnibus editions available on the Radio 4 website. Including how he met Martin Luther King in America during Satish's 8000 mile walk across the World as a young man, plus from his book Elegant Simplicity on how his and our connection to nature should be a simple one.

    Producer : Andrew Dawes
    Picture : Copyright Gregg Dalgllish / Resurgence Magazin

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    Gillian Clarke and the Grey Heron

    Gillian Clarke and the Grey Heron

    For Welsh poet and playwright Gillian Clarke she has had two close encounters with a grey heron, including the one in her garden reminding her of a Bishop wearing vestments.

    You can hear more from Gillian in the Tweet of the Week Omnibus available on BBC Sounds

    Producer : Andrew Dawes

    • 1 min
    Gillian Clarke on the Red Kite

    Gillian Clarke on the Red Kite

    Welsh poet and playwright Gillian Clarke first saw a red kite in the Welsh mountains as a child, a bird which now has expanded east and now Gillian regularly sees them sky-dancing over Reading while she travels to London on the train.

    You can hear more from Gillian in her Tweet of the Week omnibus, available as a download from the website, or on BBC Sounds

    Producer : Andrew Dawes

    • 1 min
    Geoff Samples Dupont's Lark

    Geoff Samples Dupont's Lark

    For wildlife sound recordist Geoff Sample the strange sound of Dupont's lark is something of an enigma, as despite recording half a dozen birds he has never actually seen one.

    You can hear more from Geoff in his Tweet of the Week omnibus, available as a download from the website, or on BBC Sounds

    Producer : Andrew Dawes

    • 1 min
    Geoff Sample's Orphean Warbler

    Geoff Sample's Orphean Warbler

    For wildlife sound recordist Geoff Sample hearing the jazz like notes of the Orphean warbler on the island of Lesvos reminds me of the legend of how the bird got its name.

    All this week Geoff will be selecting his bird species from the Tweet of the Day archive which can be heard again on the Tweet of the Week Omnibus.

    Producer : Andrew Dawes

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