--- Doug Von Gausig <> wrote:
> Here's an inquiry I received on . If you have any
> ideas, please reply to
> the list and I'll respond to the person who
> >From: "John B." <>
> >I was awaken the other morning by an eerie animal
> sound which I had never
> >heard before and have no idea what it was. Here
> are the details...
> >1. I heard this sound behind my apartment
> building, which is right on
> >Main St. in West Lebanon, NH. The Connecticut
> River is also located
> >behind my residence - about 1/8 of a mile or so (if
> that.) The sound
> >originated from about halfway between my building
> and the river.
> >2. As mentioned above, a large river is nearby.
> Even though I'm on Main
> >St., most city folk would consider this area "the
> country". Between my
> >building and the CT River is a small line of trees,
> then a huge open area
> >(which used to be a rail yard), some woods, then
> the river. It sounded
> >like it was coming from out in the open back there.
> >3. This was around 4:30 AM the other morning
> (09/17). It was clear and
> >calm outside, temp around 50 - very comfortable
> >4. No recorder - dang!
> >5. Now the tough part... First off, the main
> portion of the sound was
> >LOUD. (It woke me out of a sound sleep and my two
> cats went
> >bonkers!) The sound (or series of sounds) was
> repetitive in nature. It
> >started with an eerie medium-pitched throaty whine
> (which only changed
> >pitch slightly), followed by a break of chatter.
> The whine part was loud
> >and the chatter was relatively much quieter (and
> sounded like a
> >raccoon). What I heard of it lasted around 5
> minutes and it repeated the
> >sound about a dozen times. Each "call" lasted
> about 20 seconds total,
> >with the whine being about 3/4 of it. There was a
> 5 to 10 second pause
> >between each "sound". It was consistent and didn't
> sound like the thing
> >was in any kind of distress. If I had taped it,
> you probably couldn't
> >tell the difference between each full sound
> "section". (It was EXTREMELY
> >consistent!) And I could tell that the sound
> didn't move AT ALL. The
> >volume level and intensity were constant
> throughout. It ended with a full
> >section (with the chatter part), and that was it.
> I heard nothing at all
> >after that. I've lived here for about 1 1/2 years
> and have heard nothing
> >out back there all that time.
> >I just got done searching the internet for various
> animal sounds and none
> >sounded like what I heard. (I think one of the fox
> ones was the closest
> >of all I heard.) I've heard a variety of coyote
> sounds SEVERAL times in
> >the past, so I ruled them out. In fact, I don't
> think it was anything in
> >the canine family, as there was none of that
> "yipping" at all. (The fox
> >sound that I said was closest didn't sound much
> like a dog.) Yes, there
> >are raccoons and other such critters around, but I
> couldn't imagine them
> >being that LOUD (unless they were in immense pain
> or something). There's
> >been a bear in the area, but that was no bear!
> (Not even CLOSE to a growl
> >sound.) It wasn't like any owl I've heard, but
> some kind of other
> >nightbird could be a possibility. I even theorized
> it could've been
> >man-made, but the sound was way too non-human-like
> - especially the
> >chattering part. (Was it Bigfoot???) Even though
> I was half asleep (no -
> >I didn't DREAM this - heh), I could recognize the
> sound if I heard it again.
> >Well, I hope that's enough of info for you. I need
> to know what this
> >sound was because it's driving me CRAZY! What bugs
> me most is that I'm a
> >fairly good researcher and was sure I could find it
> on the 'net earlier,
> >but no go. Any info would be appreciated.
> >John B.
> Doug Von Gausig
> Clarkdale, Arizona, USA
> Nature Recordists e-mail group
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
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