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Strange Sound in the Night *Resolved*

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Enchanted Sunrise Farms, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Woke up last night around 4am and heard the strangest sound. It was coming from the bushes around a large pine tree in our backyard. If anything it sounded bird-like, a single note that carried for 7-8 seconds, ending in a downward warble. The closest comparison would be a mourning dove stuck on one strong long note, with that warbly sound on the end. Somewhere in the distance i heard something calling back.

    i got up and spent a good deal of time at our back door (where the chicken pens are) listening, watching, and turning on the backyard flood lights on occasion to see if i could catch a glimpse. With all the fussing i was doing with the lights, it stopped calling.

    So, i have gone to sites with animal sound clips. It's not an owl, a coyote, fox, possum, raccoon, skunk, or mink (plus, i don't think we even have mink here). It may not even be a predator, but my thought was that anything that could be a victim of a predator would not be making noise advertising it's location. i might think it was a type of bird, but the sound was coming from the bushes below the tree.

    Any ideas? i'm stumped.
     
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  2. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    I have no idea. I've heard birds make the same or similar noises to what you've explained.

    The pup we rescued wakes me up at about 3 in the morning to go to the bathroom and when I take him out you can hear something like that.

    It's definately not an owl.
     
  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i thought the only nocturnal birds are either owls or mockingbirds, and it wasn't a mockingbird.
     
  4. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay, i may have solved the riddle here. Searching under "nocturnal" i wandered onto some sites with frog and toad sounds. The sound clip on the Red-Spotted Toad (Bufo Punctatus) most closely resembles what i heard. The send out a strong trill for up to 10 seconds, and one example i found had the trill tapering off on the end. It didn't sound like a vibrating sound to me, but that could be due to the distance from which i was listening.

    If anyone is interested, here is a good toad sound site:

    http://www.californiaherps.com/frogs/frogscalls.html

    i guess i can calm down now and stop worrying i have some evil predator living in my yard. [​IMG]
     

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