What did I hear last night?


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Old 06-02-17, 07:37 AM
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What did I hear last night?

2:00 AM

N.E. Ohio Rural setting. 3 acre yard with woods nearby.

The sound was fairly loud - or was it just so quiet, otherwise? - reminded me of a combination of:
- a distant car alarm
- Beavis (From the 90's cartoon)
- with an occasional pig grunt

I'm not making this up. I've heard Coyote yelps, dogs fighting, cats looking for love, etc... But this is a new one.

Only lasted about 5 minutes. Was this things that go "hump" in the night?
 
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Old 06-02-17, 08:06 AM
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I'm not very much help being deaf as I can't tell if this link is providing sounds or not. I'll let you try.
https://www.wired.com/2013/01/macaulay-animal-sounds/

On an added note my son and I encountered a strange very loud clunking sound while canoeing a stream through a meadow. It was years later that I stumbled across a description of a particular marsh bird that was most likely the source of that sound. Do keep your hopes up, time and the internet is on your side.

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Old 06-02-17, 03:24 PM
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Raccoons make a variety of odd sounds.

Recently while standing and fishing in the Yellow Breeches, an adult peacock came down and drank water not far from me. Later on I heard itís cry. Glad I saw what it was before I heard it, all by myself...
 
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Old 06-03-17, 03:06 AM
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Well I would have to agree it sounds like something a racoon or perhaps possum would make...very odd though.
 
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Bird watchers are very good at identifying bird calls and they may offer some thoughts OR know of someone locally who might be more knowledgeable about other night prowlers.

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Most nocturnal species are quite silent unless they encounter prey. Raccoons, Skunks, Possum and Groundhogs all go about their business quietly

We have Fisher Cats who scream while attacking; but they're quite silent while stalking.

Moose and Deer are quite silent except during the rut, and then that's only to intimidate fellow contenders.

Bear and Wild Boar can become quite noisy while fighting over food.

Packs of Coyotes will howl in unison . . . . and leave little question as to their identity.

I was barbecuing on Christmas Day when the snow revealed that a group of 3 Coyotes had come within 12 feet of my grill . . . . but they were quiet and didn't make a nuisance of themselves by making any noise (now I pack a rod going back and forth to flip steaks).

So that leaves a Yeti or Sasquatch or an Abominable Snowman; but I'd have to hear the exact sound to know which one it was
 
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Old 06-03-17, 04:18 AM
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Wild hog??
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Old 06-03-17, 05:05 AM
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A few nights ago my dogs were unsettled more than usual and wanted to go out into the back yard. I let them out and they bee lined it to the back fence running up and down and barking aggressively. More so than when the bear comes around. What ever it was stayed at a range of about 75 feet, out of sight and moved very quickly making a "yak" sound. I'll have to illuminate it with my 2000 lumen white light on the AR one night to see what it is.
 
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Tolyn, interesting suggestion but I didn't think they had moved into Ohio as yet. A quick check and apparently the are there. Our corn and potato crops up here sure would be sweet eating for those oversized rodents. (not really rodents)

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Old 06-04-17, 08:01 AM
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Well, the Yeti are "in" the Himalayas. The Abominable Snowman now puts the star on the tree in Christmas cartoons. So, I'm guessing Sasquatch took a red-eye from the Northwest to serenade outside my window.

Thanks to everyone for the input.
 
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Old 06-04-17, 08:59 AM
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One of the calls of the Northern Saw-whet Owl sounds like a car alarm and is very loud if you are near by.
 
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I didn't have anything to add but I went out to my truck earlier tonight. It was in the driveway and I heard what I thought was a raccoon or possible cats fighting. Those I hear all the time and this sounded more like a cross between a cat fight and a baby crying. It went on for a few minutes.

As I closed the door on my truck a small fox came running out from the side of the house and across the street. I may have heard that fox and a cat fighting.
 
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Old 06-13-17, 05:52 PM
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Never saw a peacock there, but I have very fond memories of Yellow Breeches when I lived in PA.
 
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Old 06-14-17, 04:26 AM
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I heard what I thought was a baby crying about 2 AM. Went out and found a kitten wet, cold and full of fleas. Brought her in and cleaned her up. Never found owner but had cat for about 14 years before she died.
 
 

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