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Help ID a Whistle I Hear At Night

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by GLWyandotte, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. GLWyandotte

    GLWyandotte Señor Member

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    At around 4:30 AM I hear a clear whistle from my backyard. It's a single note- a perfect Bb, it lasts about 3 seconds and once in a while, it repeats right away. That's it- only one per morning.
    It sounds like a high note on a child's recorder like they get in music class- or that of a tin whistle.
    My neighbors are all asleep. In fact when I first heard it last year, I thought it was one neighbor nextdoor blowing a small metal whistle to call her cat as she lets it out at night. Their house is empty and for sale now.
    This has confounded me for 2 years.
    The only thing I can think of is a chickadee. It's similar to the two-note song that they repeat, but only the first note. I've never heard a chickadee sing at night though!
    Any ideas?
     
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    Sounds like a tumor.
     
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    It's the all clear signal from the lady down the street. It means her husband just left for work. :whistling:
     
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    MrKandiyohi Millennium Member

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    If you're hearing it repeatedly, why don't you record it? That will help greatly in determining the source of the sound.
     
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    Do you have a Gas, oil or a water well in your backyard? Maybe it is sucking in some air or releasing some pressure.:dunno:
     
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    A mysterious whistle in the night? I remember reading about something like that in one of the Sherlock Holmes stories, The Adventure of the Speckled Band...
     
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    Some dude de-snaking his wife's car? :dunno:
     
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    None of those apply here, but I initially thought it's mechanical-type noise, like a pressure release of some kind. It's almost like one of those wooden train whistles that kids blow, only higher pitched.
     
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    Where do you live? Have you Youtubed the sounds of the various animals' sounds in your area? It could be an owl. They make some weird/creepy noises in the dark.
     
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    Minnesota.
    I've spent a fair amount of time outdoors and never heard anything like it.
    I gotta borrow a recorder from someone and record this. It's freakin me out.
     
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    It likely would be difficult to record the sound because it happens so infrequently. Your left with listening to audio files of insects, frogs and birds that occur in your region and habitat, or tracking the sound to it's source. You might ask some local park naturalists. Try to mimic the sound so you can repeat it.

    Most songbirds will call or sing infrequently through the night. Sometimes it's just a single note every hour or so, made to stake a claim to territory.

    The way to learn natural sounds is to chase the sound until you can see with binoculars (and flashlight at night) to identify the source.
     
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    Could be an elk call, deer snort. Both have a somewhat high whistle note at times.
     
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    Minnesota? Definitely a Squatch. Grab a 2 x 4 and start wailing on the corner of your house to reply.
     
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