22 August 2015

A Solved Mystery....

We've had a bit of a mystery here in Devon these last few days. 

A weird noise coming from our neighbour's woods and the trees along our orchard boundary. I can only describe it as a cross between a poorly duck, a squeaky gate, and a cat with a sore throat.

This morning it woke me up.

"What IS that noise?????"

I asked my neighbour - he hadn't a clue.

Then daughter Kathy had a suggestion, so we Googled it
(what did we do before we had Google?)

Yes, Kathy was right.... here's the noise and the culprit


.... who needs Miss Marple when you have a Kathy around? LOL





8 comments:

  1. That noise puzzled me too when I first heard it ten years ago. I thought it sounded like a baby hawk of some kind - but it wasn't the right time of year. Then I saw a squirrel actually making the noise - mystery solved! :-)

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  2. I wondered that - particularly as it was coming from the top of the trees. Then I wondered if it was a jay mimicking sounds (the ducks, the cats) It's quite an eerie noise isn't it? No wonder people used to think woods were haunted! (Having said that... do red squirrels make a similar noise I wonder?)

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  3. Yep, that is a typical Squirrel noise and nothing wrong with it either - they communicate that way and often times it is warning other squirrels of hawks or other predators in the area. LOL I should have been sure that you heard ours doing that while you were here! Ha!

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    1. Remember I said there was a noise and I wondered what it was? I think it might have been the squirrels. Absolutely never heard it before (even with all the years I spent riding in Epping Forest!)

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  4. Haha, I haven't heard that one before. I've heard a few that sounded like demented donkeys, but this one sounds more like a jay, lol.

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    1. I thought it was a jay at first - glad the mystery is solved though!

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  5. What a noisy little critter!

    Inspired, I went out and found "one of those" for myself occupying my birdhouse. However, he was as quiet as a mouse--just wanted the dried cranberries and almonds.
    Naturally, I had to blog about him.
    http://ingehborg.blogspot.com/

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    1. I hear the bloomin' thying every morning - it is such an irritating noise!!

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Helen