This CD contains 10 soundscapes, which have been recorded in the early mornings of April, May and June. The recordings depict moments in nature when song of birds has reached its climax with the increasing light. The CD calls you to enjoy peace of nature at the time of rising light.
The CD is a genuine nature recording without any manmade sounds or mixed recordings.
Producer / Recording engineer
Track descriptions and background species
01 Lake forest at dawn. 9'54". May 2002, Karttula (Eastern Finland), Lake Hirvijärvi. The courtship season of the Black Grouse is still ongoing as May turns into June, although it peaked a good while ago, when the birds performed their courtship displays on the ice of the frozen lakes. At this time in late May, a large choir of different song birds have already arrived. At the crack of dawn, birds respond to the increasing light by starting to mark out their territories in song. The shoreline forest, with its many shades of green, is reflected on the mirror smooth surface of the lake. Black Grouse, Garden Warbler, Common Gull, Willow Warbler, Wood Warbler, Blackbird, Red-breasted Merganser, Whooper Swan, Common Chaffinch, Redwing, Crested Tit, Siskin.
02 String fen at the time of midnight sun. 5'52". June 2002, Pelkosenniemi (Lapland), Sokanaapa. The magic of the night of the midnight sun in the northern summer. The sun, just above the horizon in the north, is radiating its light on the wide string fen scattered with small ponds, adding a mystical sense of space to the landscape. The scenery is swarthed in peace, as the sun slowly moves toward the North-East and the approaching morning. The abundant birdlife of the fen and its outskirts creates a soundscape that reflects the tender tones of the light northern night. Whinchat, Common Snipe, Reed Bunting, Common Crane, Common Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, Whooper Swan, Brambling, Song Thrush, Common Redpoll, Wood Sandpiper, Herring Gull, Willow Warbler, Eurasian Curlew, Hooded Crow.
03 Awakening shore grove. 7'09". June 2003, Parikkala (Eastern Finland), Lake Siikalahti. The first rays of dawn are already shining on the tops of the tallest birch trees. The grove is dim and the haze of the morning hangs over the reedbeds. The night-singers, having demonstrated their singing skills in the pale night, start to give way to birds which sing during the hours of daylight. Thrush Nightingale, Common Chaffinch, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Eurasian Curlew, Great Bittern, Fieldfare, Great Tit.
04 Jingling spruce wood. 7'44". May 2003, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Hirvilahti. After a spring shower during the night, the spruce wood is filled with the fresh smell of conifers. The drops of water dripping off the trees glisten against the dark green of the foliage. The air is filled with sweet sounds as the morning gets brigher. Willow Warbler, Song Thrush, Common Chaffinch, Common Chiffchaf, Common Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Snipe, Black Grouse, Common Gull, Redwing.
05 By the open water in the spring. 6'55". April 2003, Leppävirta (Eastern Finland), Konnus. In a spot of open water in April, the yellow and red hues of the sunrise are reflected off the smooth surface of the water. Two Whooper Swans resting by the edge of the ice are mirrored in the water. On the shore, stout aspens and birch trees stretch their branches out over the water. Common Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hooded Crow, Whooper Swan, Bohemian Waxwing, Willow Tit, Great Tit, Common Redpoll.
06 Sunrays in the woodpecker forest. 4'11". April 2000, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Hirvilahti. After daybreak, the sun beams down on the foliage of the tall forest. The shadows, which are gradually being displaced by the light, are slowly moving around. The notes of a new spring symphony are written on the stave formed by the rays of light cutting through the canopy. Song Thrush, Black Grouse, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Black-headed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Hooded Crow, Redwing, Great Tit, Fieldfare, Wood Pigeon, Eurasian Curlew, Dunnock, Northern Lapwing.
07 Call of rising light at the top of a fjeld. 8'01". June 2003, Salla (Lapland), Tuntsa, Nuolusoiva. In the uplands of northern Finland the landscape is wide and undulating like an ocean, with a white-capped mountain in the distance looking like a foam-crested wave. Above the shoreless wilderness, the midnight sun casts soft shadows over gorges and river vallies. Eurasian Golden Plover, Red-throated Pipit, Redwing, Whimbrel, Arctic Redpoll, Spotted Redshank, Fieldfare, Common Cuckoo, Willow Grouse, Bar-tailed Godwing.
08 Dawn by the bird bay. 6'23".May 2003, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), the bay of Kaislastenlahti. A gentle morning zephyr is already sending small ripples across the blue surface of the lake. In coves and around islands the water is still smooth, mirroring the belt of forest and reeds lining the lake. The sun glowing just above the horizon casts a glistening bridge over the water. Wood Pigeon, Willow Warbler, Common Chaffinch, Common Starling, Common Cuckoo, Fieldfare, Reed Bunting, Common Gull, Great Bittern, Black Grouse, Common Goldeneye, Eurasian Curlew, Herring Gull, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Great Crested Grebe.
09 Call of cranes. 5'51". April 2001, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), Lake Hirvilahti. A blanket of haze has crept over the bog during the spring night and is slowly dispersing. The twilight of the early morning gives way to the day's bright light. The cries of the cranes rings through the air and the forest on the edge of the bog is bathed in the sun and serenaded by the chorus of bird song. Brambling, Common Crane, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Eurasian Curlew, Common Chaffinch, Common Bullfinch, Common Gull, Hooded Crow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare.
10 Sparkle of morning dew in the grove. 7'33". June 2002, Kuopio (Eastern Finland), Kipansalo. After a pale summer night, the daylight dissolves the red glow of the sunrise. In the green of the grove, the curving branches of a bird cherry tree are carrying a white veil of flowers. The golden light of the morning sparkles on the dewdrops on the grass. Common Chaffinch, Golden Oriole, Great Tit, European Treecreeper, Black Grouse, Wood Warbler, Common Snipe, Blackbird, Common Gull, Fieldfare, Garden Warbler, Willow Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Blue Tit, Wren.
Translated by Kirsi Komonen and Ewen Macdonald 2004