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#1 Katy

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:40 AM

You know, like rabbits do when you kill them?

 

About a week ago around 9pm there was the sound of a hoot owl then something screaming in the backyard.  I figured one of the neighborhood owls caught a rabbit and reminded people not to let the yorkie out after dark off leash.

 

Now the kids have noticed the groundhog that lives just outside our fence is gone.

 

Was that sound the groundhog?



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:50 PM

It looks like yes, they can.

 

One night years ago when we lived in the middle of nowhere, it sounded like a woman was screaming.  It was terrifying.  It turned out to be a fox!


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:10 PM

Thanks.  I looked on YouTube, but I couldn't figure out if the video of a screaming groundhog was real or doctored.

 

That critter looked a lot bigger than our yorkie, so now I'm more concerned than ever for his safety.  That owl is bold.  He likes to perch on our bay window roof. One night he was sitting there hooting and even banging on the window and yelling didn't make him leave.  I had to go outside and wave a broom at him to make him scoot, and even then it was only to the edge of the deck rail at first. He didn't act afraid of me at all.  He landed on the window several times after that, but always leaves if one of us bangs on the window.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:13 PM

I think if you take away their flag, they scream. 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:20 PM

Thanks.  I looked on YouTube, but I couldn't figure out if the video of a screaming groundhog was real or doctored.

 

 

I suspect that video is fake.  But one of the sounds groundhogs make is a shriek so I would not be surprised if that is what you heard.

 

And now I really want to sing The Circle of Life for some reason...



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:22 PM

Other animals not known for screaming, like rabbits, do when in distress.  It's very likely you heard the groundhog scream.  :(



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:24 PM

Poor groundhog! What an obnoxious owl, banging on your window like that. Maybe spraying it with water would be more effective than waving a broom.

 

I would be very careful with your yorkie. Around here, cats and small dogs have been eaten by owls and hawks. 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:26 PM

:crying:



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:34 PM

 It was terrifying.  It turned out to be a fox!

 

Foxes screaming are the worst!  They terrify me even when I know what it is.  


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:05 PM

Can we borrow your owl for the weekend?

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:31 PM

We have a fox den in the caves in our backyard, and get "serenaded" often. We have gotten used to it...

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:33 PM

Can we borrow your owl for the weekend?

;)

 

I was thinking the same thing.  


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:51 PM

Now "What Does the Fox Say?" is stuck in my head.
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#14 Katy

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 07:50 AM

We live on a creek that goes right into a big river, so we have all kinds of wildlife around here.  It's not uncommon to see bald eagles, hawks, or owls.

 

However it is VERY rare to see rabbits.  And now, apparently, groundhogs.