Yes, in Norway we talk about the Nattergal (L. luscinia) and the
Sør-(=south)nattergal L. megarhynchus), while in Holland it is the other way
round: L. megarhynchus is the Nachtegaal, and L. luscinia the Noordse
(=Nordic) Nachtegaal, In both countries the name 'nightingale' is therefore
used for the local mastersinger, while the other species gets a geographic
extra monniker. In reality the name Nordic Nightingale is not exceedingly
happily chosen, as L. luscinia has much more an eastern distribution than a
northern; although it occurs in Southernmost Norway and in the southern half of
Sweden and Finland, the bird is completely unknown in Northern Norway, where we
have the Bluethroat (L. svecica) as our local mastersinger.
Wim Vader, Tromsø, Norway
namens Peter Madvig
Verzonden: dinsdag 17 januari 2012 13:35
Aan: Nikolas Haass; John Leonard
Onderwerp: Re: [Birding-Aus] Nightingale/Sprosser song
And Nikolas, the same applies to Danish, not surprisingly.
PS. I was being deafened by a few Thrush-Nightingales last May, very close
but totally out of sight!!