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Strange noise from the Texas desert

Subject: Strange noise from the Texas desert
From: "Chris Harrison" lamprophis1963
Date: Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:22 pm ((PDT))

I know this isn't a very good recording, but I am trying to figure out
(remember?) what was making this sound.

I was out recording anurans after some heavy rains in the eastern part of
the Chihuahuan Desert in western Texas (north of Brackettville for those wh=
know the area).

When I stopped one spot to listen for frogs I heard this noise which I have
heard before at night, but I can't remember what is making it.

Here is a poor quality recording filtered to accentuate the low throaty

I know it isn't an amphibian since I know the calls of all the local
species.  Something about it suggests a bird (Wild Turkey?  Greater
Roadrunner?), but I can't rule out a mammal.  It sounds a little
"quail-like" but I can't find a recording of a Gambel's or Scaled Quail
making this sound and it seems too low pitched for a quail-sized bird.  I'v=
listened to deer sounds and can't find a match.  Javelina possibly?

Anyone know what it is?

I know it isn't rare or anything but it is driving me crazy not remembering
what makes this sound!!!!


Chris Harrison

San Antonio, Texas

"While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.

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