This morning I had the most incredible experience! We were driving around, just getting a feel for where I could record. (That is, myself and my husband, who doesn't mind driving if I'm a big groggy early in the morning).
Anyway, we passed this house with a load of trees and shrubs, it was about 4.30 am and a beautiful morning. I thought I'd see if there was anything singing in there, so he stopped the car and went to sleep, and I got out and stuck the mic in the hedge.... and suddenly, I was transported to another world! It was ALIVE with birdsong, and also midges, oh yes, the little blighters got stuck into my arms and face, and I had to stand there and not move while I captured this incredibly soundscape.
After a while I was enthralled to see a beautiful willow warbler come out of the shrubbery and sit on a branch just a few inches from my face. We regarded each other, motionless, before it flew back into the canopy. I have not yet counted the birds you can hear on this recording but I am very happy that it contains willow warblers!
In the afternoon I went to Happy Valley and recorded a bubbling stream to layer with the birdsong, and I think the result is very relaxing and lovely. I walked along the stream and listened carefully, because sometimes water just sounds like a 1980s television that has gone wrong, and it's not very nice to listen to. I found a part that sounded melodious and very pretty, and recorded that. There was a cuckoo calling but it was too far off to capture.
This is not the sort of dawn chorus you hear very often in Orkney, but where there are trees you do get these birds, and I was lucky!