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October 10, 2009 at 4:59 am #592632
does anyone know what nocturnal animal makes a very eerie screeching noise? i hear them quite often behind our house here in West Seattle…. could that animal attack our dog?October 10, 2009 at 5:15 am #679462October 10, 2009 at 5:19 am #679463October 10, 2009 at 5:37 am #679464October 10, 2009 at 5:44 am #679465
Fighting cats sound more like a crying baby. Probably raccoons. They can be extremely loud. It is rare for them to hurt cats and dogs, but has been known to happen on occasion.October 10, 2009 at 7:32 am #679466
Squirrels make an eerie screechy bark on occasion. Dunno if what you’re hearing sounds like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFN_Yfx6fUM but we get a few that just sit in the tree and make a long drawn out squaaaaaawk sound like they’re in pain or pissed at something.
Mad raccoons for comparison http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqKaZNwP76UOctober 10, 2009 at 3:57 pm #679467
We hear this sound too. My guess has always been raccoons or night -fighting ninja squirrels. The dogs always are on alert when we hear this sound but just in case it is the raccoons we don’t let them out in the yard.October 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm #679468
I agree with the raccoon assessment. One night last year I heard this incredibly disturbing screeching noise outside the house. My husband was outside smoking and when he came in I asked if he knew what had made the noise.
He said he saw two raccoons come rolling out of the undergrowth near our driveway, doing their best to kill each other. Best part was when they saw him, they were so surprised that they stopped fighting and ran away.October 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm #679469
I once stayed at my grandparents’ house in the country and was awoken by horrible screaming. I was sure that there was a woman in the woods screaming. Turns out that peacocks sound just like a woman screaming.
Probably they aren’t in West Seattle though!October 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm #679470
Actually, Karen, at some point I had a neighbor who had peacocks–I know because there was a peahen that would get loose on occasion and I’d see it wandering around the neighborhood.
I haven’t heard or seen them in a long time, though, so I don’t know if they’re still around.October 11, 2009 at 7:17 pm #679471
Raccoons are eerie sounding-screeching and sort of a gurgling/cooing sound – but high pitched. I hear them out in the yard a couple times a week at least.October 11, 2009 at 7:28 pm #679472
Night-fighting ninja squirrels! Nice phrase, jwws. Makes me want to set up an infrared camera in the backyard, where we see day-commuting non-ninja squirrels scampering around a few times a day.October 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm #679473
Just in case you have lived in a city all your life….
Raccoons mating are indistinguishable by sight or sound from Raccoons fighting.October 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm #679474October 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm #679475
A tell-tale sign you have night-fighting ninja squirrels is the presence of “nut-chucks” in the yard in the a.m.October 27, 2009 at 12:27 am #679476
The barred owls that often grace the pages of the blog, are displacing the smaller and once extremely common (to the Seattle area) western screech owl.
Here’s a link with descriptions and samples of western screech owl sounds;
The barn owl, also screeches;
It’s currently “dispersal time”, for the raccoon, and fighting can be heard, late into the night, as family groups begin to break up.
As Ken mentioned, fighting and breeding sounds differ very little, but breeding season is still quite a ways off.
Here’s a link to a raccoon fight;
The raccoons in the cage, in the link above aren’t mad, they are juveniles, and they aren’t real happy to have been captured… they want their mama. :(
The raccoon population, in Seattle, is way beyond the norm, and fighting for food and territory, can be heard throughout the year, often times over the best sleeping tree (like the one on the corner of 26th and Brandon), or when one “gang” of young males bumps into another.
The population level is high enough that pack mentality replaces solitude, in younger males.
A female raccoon will stay with it’s mother well into it’s second year, learning how to be a mom herself (more than one female in a litter is rare).
All City Animal ControlOctober 27, 2009 at 4:54 am #679477
do you live near WS High School? Cuz if you do like I do, it’s the kids turning do-nuts in the parking lot – over and over and over…October 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm #679478
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