Track descriptions and background species
01 SOUNDSCAPE 23 June 2000, 2.20 am, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), Kipansalo.
A summer night in a bushy meadow with dewdrops glistening in the grass. The night is turning into morning and the birds can already sense the approaching sunrise. Blyth´s Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Redwing, Fieldfare. 6'10"
02 THRUSH NIGHTINGALE Luscinia luscinia. 28 May 2000, 0.50 am, Parikkala (South Eastern Finland), Lake Siikalahti.
A grove filled with the scent of blossoming bird cherry trees and the masterly song of the Thrush Nightingale - the charm of a summer night at its best. Black-headed Gull, Black Grouse, Northern Shoveler. 1'48"
03 EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus europaeus. 15 June 1999, 0.50 am, Pori (South Western Finland), Preiviiki.
The European Nightjar is a nocturnal bird that nests in dry pine forests. Here the bird can be heard as it sits on the branch of a pine tree, creating a mysterious effect in the dim summer night. Redwing, Song Thrush. 1'29"
04 SOUNDSCAPE 28 May 2000, 2.15 am, Parikkala (South Eastern Finland), Lake Siikalahti.
Sounds from the shores of the famous Siikalahti bird lake in the small hours after midnight. Sedge Warbler, Common Cuckoo, Water rail, Black-headed Gull, Little Gull, Black Grouse, Common Snipe, Spotted Crake, Thrush Nightingale. 4'27"
05 SOUNDSCAPE 13 June 2000, 1.35 am, Pelkosenniemi (Lapland), Pyhätunturi.
Sounds of the summer night in a birch grove by a clear mountain lake. Bluethroat, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Redwing. 2'45"
06 SOUNDSCAPE 2 July 2000, 4.45 am, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), Savulahti.
Sounds of the summer in a lakeside grove at its most lush. Common Rosefinch, Golden Oriole, Common Gull, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Common Chaffinch, Dunnock, Yellowhammer, Fieldfare, Common Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker. 2'18"
07 MARSH WARBLER #1 Acrocephalus palustris. 9 July 2000, 2.40 am, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), Niuva.
A concert given by a Marsh Warbler perched in the bushes by the field in the dusk before dawn. The style and tone of song of this individual is different from the bird on track #17. Corn Crake, Northern Lapwing, Common Gull, Yellowhammer. 3'05"
08 SEDGE WARBLER Acrocephalus schoenobaenus. 6 June 2000, 0.50 am, Pielavesi (Eastern Finland), Lake Pankajärvi.
The varied song of the Sedge Warbler, a bird which lives in reedbeds and flood meadows. Here the bird is singing from the top of a reed stem. Redwing. 2'35"
09 RIVER WARBLER Locustella fluviatilis. 6 June 2000, 1.35 am, Pielavesi (Eastern Finland), Lake Pankajärvi.
A River Warbler singing in the calm summer night. This bird favours grassy, bushy, semi-open terrain, also overgrown gardens. Here the bird is singing from a willow shrub. Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush. 1'57"
10 LANCEOLATED WARBLER Locustella lanceolata. 5 July 1999, 1.20 am, Pielavesi (Eastern Finland), the bay of Sammalisenlahti.
The clear-toned song of the rare Lanceolated Warbler. The bird is mostly found on bushy, open grassland. Here the bird is singing from the top of a wild chervil stump sticking up in the middle of a fallow field. Long-eared Owl, Song Thrush. 1'57"
11 COMMON GRASSHOPPER WARBLER Locustella naevia. 1 June 2000, 1.15 am, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Kaislastenlahti.
The Common Grasshopper Warbler is most at home on open grassland with a few willow trees. The reeling song of the bird is reminiscent of the sound of a grasshopper. Here the bird, perched by a field, is creating a special feel to the rural landscape slumbering in the dim summer night. Corn Crake, Redwing, Fieldfare. 1'35"
12 SAVI´S WARBLER Locustella luscinioides. 16 June 1999, 1.20 am, Köyliö (South Western Finland), Kirkkosaari.
The rare Savi´s Warbler favours damp open shores with tall reedbeds. The song of the bird is a high-frequency buzzing trill. In this recording the bird is singing from behind a tall, impenetrable bed of reeds and rushes. Great Crested Grebe, Sedge Warbler. 1'41"
13 LONG-EARED OWL / SOUNDSCAPE Asio otus. 23 June 1999, 1.40 am, Maaninka (Eastern Finland), Pulkonkoski.
A brood of the Long-eared Owl begging for food. The young know how to call in such a way that makes it almost impossible to find the nest. Yellowhammer, Eurasian Curlew, Redwing, Robin. 1'47"
14 BLYTH´S REED WARBLER #1 Acrocephalus dumetorum. 21 June 2000, 1.15 am, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), Kipansalo.
This brilliant singer of summer nights favours semi-open terrain with bushes and tall herbaceous vegetation, such as raspberry and meadowsweet. The bird repeats the same theme several times. Here the bird is singing in the dim summer night perched in low willow shrub on a shore meadow. The song of this individual differs in tone and style from the bird on track #23. Common Gull, Lesser Black-back Gull, Redwing. 5'50"
15 SOUNDSCAPE 28 May 2000, 4.25 am, Parikkala (South Eastern Finland), Lake Siikalahti.
The sounds of a grove waking up at dawn. Common Rosefinch, Thrush Nightingale, Common Chaffinch, Black-headed Gull, Garden Warbler, Northern Shoveler. 1'47"
16 GREAT REED WARBLER / SOUNDSCAPE Acrocephalus arundinaceus. 16 June 1999, 1.35 am, Köyliö (South Western Finland), Kirkkosaari.
The Great Reed Warbler, a scarce breeder in Finland, nests in large, impenetrable reedbeds. The song of the bird includes coarse creaking sounds with thrush-like elements and intermittent piercing screeches. Here, 2-3 Great Reed Warblers are singing accompanied by the Sedge Warbler, Great Crested Grebe and Savi´s Warbler. 2'27"
17 MARSH WARBLER #2 Acrocephalus palustris. 17 June 1999, 1.30 am, Pori (South Western Finland), Mäntyluoto.
A virtuoso performance by the Marsh Warbler, perched amid the dense grass on the seashore. Also heard is the sound of seeds being shed from the vegetation of the flood meadow. The song of this individual differs from that of the bird on track #7 both in tone and structure. Herring Gull, Common Gull, Thrush Nightingale, Willow Warbler, Fieldfare. 5'17"
18 SOUNDSCAPE 28 May 2000, 1.40 am, Parikkala (South Eastern Finland), Lake Siikalahti.
A pale summer night in a bird cherry grove in May. Pied Flycatcher, Common Cuckoo, Fieldfare, Thrush Nightingale, Thrush Nightingale, Willow Warbler, Eurasian Curlew, Great Bittern, Northern Shoveler. 2'13"
19 SOUNDSCAPE 29 June 1998, 1.30 am, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Haminalahti.
Sounds of the summer night in an urban landscape. Corn Crake, Grasshopper Warbler, Redwing, Blyth´s Reed Warbler. 2'51"
20 COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula. 10 June 2000, 0.55 am, Leppävirta (Eastern Finland), Soisalo.
The delightfully clear, melancholy tones of the Common Blackbird singing in a spruce forest. In the background, Robins are chirping out their warbling song in the calm summer night. 3'54"
21 BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica. 12 June 2000, 1.10 am, Pelkosenniemi (Lapland), Pyhätunturi, Lake Pyhäjärvi.
The Bluethroat breeds in mountain birch forest up in the North. Dubbed "the Nightingale of Lapland", this bird is a brilliant singer - even better than the Nightingale. Here the bird is singing in the birch wood by the lake against a background of wind and rain. Willow Warbler. 1'53"
22 THRUSH NIGHTINGALE / SOUNDSCAPE Luscinia luscinia. 18 June 1999, 2.20 am, Pori (South Western Finland), Kivininlehto.
The enchanting sound of a Thrush Nightingale singing in the sweet-scented grove by the water. Grasshopper Warbler. 2'39"
23 BLYTH´S REED WARBLER #2 Acrocephalus dumetorum. 23 June 1999, 0.15 am, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Hirvilahti.
A Blyth´s Reed Warbler showing its singing skills perched in the bushes by the road. The song of this individual is more clear-toned and different in structure from the bird on track #14. Black-headed Gull, Fieldfare. 3'26"
Translated by Kirsi Komonen and Ewen Macdonald 2004