strange animal noises

treelover(z8b SoCtrlTX)April 13, 2007

This is the second year I've heard some kind of an animal noise right outside my house in the night, every night, this time of year---coming from where several large azalea bushes are growing.

A single cheeping/squeaky noise, repeated several times at various times during the night...never starts until after it's completely dark out. Could it be some kind of bird? I've been thinking that they don't make much noise after it's dark.

We have squirrels, but they wouldn't have a nest right near the ground, would they? I've looked and don't see anything during the day.

Anyone want to take a guess?

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ksfarmer(z5/Ks NC Kansas)

Frogs or Toads???

    Bookmark   April 13, 2007 at 5:43PM
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Look for robins. I used to work nights and walked home from the bus stop. In the darkest areas the dd things would sit on the ground and make noises. After stumbling over several I did learn to shuffle my feet. First time I kicked one by accident it flew up the front of my leg. I am surprised my heart didn't stop beating I was so scared. I did look for any hurt bird after it became daylight but did not find any.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2007 at 9:20PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Yep....toad or frog.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2007 at 6:47AM
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treelover(z8b SoCtrlTX)

What an odd thing to happen, maifleur. I never see robins in my yard, but I have seen toads occasionally. Good! I was afraid it would be a rat or something I don't want around.

Thanks all! -- Carol

    Bookmark   April 14, 2007 at 3:26PM
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lellie(z9 Anna Maria Island)

Treelover...try this link...mebbe you can ID the 'culprit'...LOL
Let us know what it is when ya figger it out.

Here is a link that might be useful: Texas frog calls

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 2:15PM
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treelover(z8b SoCtrlTX)

What a neat website, lellie! Thanks for the link. You should have seen my cat sit up and look around when I started playing those calls.

The one I hear sounds most like the Pseudacris crucifer (spring peeper) and they are in my county according to another website I found. Have never seen a frog around here, though. Must be nocturnal.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 8:57PM
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knottyceltic(S/W Ontario 5b)

The other thing you might consider is a "burrowing owl" if you have those in your area. The sounds of some owls can sound like squirrels and other things such as frogs/toads/peeps etc... I don't know where you are located but Burrowing Owls winter in south Texas.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2007 at 11:27PM
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treelover(z8b SoCtrlTX)

Never knew there was such an owl.

I doubt that's what my noise is from. My outdoor cats are all lazy slugs, but a feathered critter scurrying along the ground would probably be too much for them to ignore.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2007 at 10:16PM
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ltcollins1949(9a TX)

I live on the Texas Coastal Bend, and for the past month or so the tree frogs have been singing all night long. Look for them on your windows looking for some insects to eat. Lots of people that move to Texas don't recognize the sound.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 12:29PM
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