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  • What was THAT?!?

    OK COTHer's put on your sleuthing hats, I have a mystery that needs to be solved.

    I live in the country and border a huge state park, we get all sorts of critters around the house. Something has been making the strangest noise outside for the past two days. It sounds like a rush of air or something rubbing on vinyl, short bursts, no more than 3 at a time, fairly loud (woke me up out of a dead sleep this am...). I'm only home late evenings/early mornings, so I don't know if it's solely nocturnal. I did smell a skunk last night as I was going to bed and noticed a critter when I called the cats in last night, either an oppossum or a skunk (about that size and movement), head towards the deck.

    My one cat was startled as I settled into bed on Tuesday, leapt off the bed, growling. She will growl at deer in the yard . Other than that the cats aren't fazed; Lucy was sitting on the deck railing all nonchalant yesterday morning when I heard the mystery critter when I left for work. I don't think it's a deer bucksnorting, usually when I hear a snort I can see them and I haven't gotten a visual of this animal. Seems pretty skittish, I try to open the door quietly(it squeaks) when I hear it to have a look-see and it shuts up for a while. Haven't had time to look for tracks in the yard, but it has been pretty dry up until yesterday.

    So what could this thing be?

    If I ask soon-to-be-Mr. Helio, he'll claim it's bigfoot...

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    any chance you could get a recording and upload it?

    I have no idea what kind of critters are from your area, but we had a tree frog issue once......issue being they are freakin loud suckers when they wanna get their babie making on!
    Had one in the tree right outside my bedroom window, didn't sleep for almost a full week, he went all night!

    Sounded like a baby racoon calling, and it was less then 2ft from the house, so my Dad went to pull a coon out and move it, but he was very dumbfounded when he couldn't find the coon.......took him about 20mins to pin point the frog as the culprit! lol

    anyway, good luck with the investigating, please let us know if you figure it out!!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by JCornelis View Post
      any chance you could get a recording and upload it?

      I have no idea what kind of critters are from your area, but we had a tree frog issue once......issue being they are freakin loud suckers when they wanna get their babie making on!
      Had one in the tree right outside my bedroom window, didn't sleep for almost a full week, he went all night!

      Sounded like a baby racoon calling, and it was less then 2ft from the house, so my Dad went to pull a coon out and move it, but he was very dumbfounded when he couldn't find the coon.......took him about 20mins to pin point the frog as the culprit! lol

      anyway, good luck with the investigating, please let us know if you figure it out!!
      Frog was my first thought also, they can make the oddest sounds and quit when something shows up.
      Frogs don't only croak-croak, they also huff-huff and half honk and just sound eerie at times and when you spot them, they are just sitting there quietly and you go "no, that was not you, was it?"
      Some birds also make odd sounds, but no telling what that is.

      I hope you find what it is, so you can sleep soundly again.

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      • #4
        hah, we have a pond with a bunch of bull frogs and one we call the dyslectic frog cause when he makes is come hither croak it sounds like a fart in the water, kinda backwards!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Heliodoro View Post
          If I ask soon-to-be-Mr. Helio, he'll claim it's bigfoot...
          That would be cool!!

          Any ducks or geese (wild, or tame) around? They can make strange unearthly noises that'd scare the bejeebers out of you. As can wild rabbits...
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          • #6
            We heard a creepy, three-note honk that sounded like "Buh-BA-DOH!" (Do, So, Mi for the solfège inclined). I didn't believe my husband when he told me it was a bullfrog, but then I saw it myself. That sucker was LOUD.
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            • #7
              ...could it be some type of owl? i remember the first time i heard (and then saw) a barred owl; *thoroughly* bizarre gargling sound.
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              • #8
                I want to agree with the bird guess, and they wouldn't be scurrying off so you'd probably never see it.

                Don't barn owls make a really strange non-hooting noise?
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                • #9
                  Quill pig??? those quills rubbing against somthing can make a loud hissing sound. Look for chewed wood around your house and what looks like largish rabbit droppings. Or it may be a buck attacking the local shrubbery to remove velvet - getting to that time.

                  All kinds of animals make noises not normally associated with them, per regular learing with science classes, etc. Wild ducks make assorted calls ranging from the particular quack for the breed to chuckles, chirrups, clucks and a soft hoot to babies while geese peep at their babies; gimme wild ducks any day as wild geese are loud, obnoxious and filthy.
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                  • #10
                    Barred or Great Horned Owls hoot, so they're distinctive.

                    Barn Owls have several calls: a deet-deet-deet when they meet up or call to their mate, a shriek of warning/danger and a Phish-Phish as a I Want Food call. They also do a happy little "chitter chitter" to their mates when they reunite.

                    Wonder if you have a woodchuck or badger snuffling around.
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                    • #11
                      I think it is either a skunk-ape or DB Cooper.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Heliodoro View Post
                        So what could this thing be?

                        If I ask soon-to-be-Mr. Helio, he'll claim it's bigfoot...
                        Oh, without a doubt it's "Bigfoot". Just look for a HUGE foot print (I think they only leave 1-print behind).
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                        • #13
                          It's the famous Great Eastern Kerfoozleump.

                          Is is a deer snorting in alarm? They do that and then sometimes run with it and it's about three hoots per alarm.

                          Fox bark?

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                          • #14
                            I'd vote for an owl, too. Barn owls have a variety of calls- one is sort of rasping.

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                            • #15
                              Deer.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzMlj...eature=related

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A73Q0...eature=related


                              Sometimes they snort a warning:
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAD3T...eature=related

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlBvv...eature=related
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                              • #16
                                Have you seen the movie Rise of The Planet of The Apes?
                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaK6khs8aMw&t=57s
                                Maybe it is one of them.

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                                • #17
                                  Bear passing through?
                                  We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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                                  • #18
                                    deer
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                                    • #19
                                      Chupacabra

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                                      • #20
                                        "rush of air or something rubbing on vinyl" just plum evades me.....

                                        Can you tell the difference between a skunk smell, and fox urine smell?
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