Mystery Animal Noise

Some animal out in our yard/woods makes these strange noises at night.  I don’t know if it’s every night, but I hear it probably a few times a week at least.  What is it?

Posted by Anthony on 7 replies


01. Aug 31, 2011 at 01:34pm by Mom:

My guess is a screech owl.  (What’s my prize for the correct answer???) ;*}

02. Aug 31, 2011 at 03:15pm by Anthony:

Based on the sounds on this screech owl page, I don’t think that’s it.  The screech owl sound is pretty and smooth.  The weird animal sound around here is freakish and choppy.  Unfortunately my recording of it didn’t capture any of the long variations, which are just totally alien and almost painful sounding.  I’ll try to record them again next time I hear it.

03. Aug 31, 2011 at 03:19pm by Anthony:

I just re-listened to my recording in the first post here, and realized it’s pretty quiet.  You may have to turn your volume up loud to hear the noises.  They occur at the 9-second mark, then at 19, 22, 41, and 45 seconds.

04. Sep 4, 2011 at 08:09pm by Rolly:
05. Sep 4, 2011 at 08:19pm by Anthony:

That’s closer, but still not quite right.  The "softfight.wav" recording on that page actually sounds sorta similar, except way more frantic; the sound around here is freakish, but not quite spastic like that, and it sounds like just a single animal.

06. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:34pm by Tasha:

It sounds like a deer snuffing (is that a word?) around. Or someone sharpening a knife. Hopefully not the latter.

07. Sep 7, 2011 at 11:15pm by Anthony:

If deer generally sound like this, then that’s not it either.  Although that is pretty freakish.

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