Strange Sound in the Night *Resolved*

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

  1. 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.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 23, 2008
  2. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    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. i thought the only nocturnal birds are either owls or mockingbirds, and it wasn't a mockingbird.
  4. 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:

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

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