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Post by Newsgroup Subscribe » Tue, 12 Jun 2001 22:48:30



Yesterday morning we awoke to find the small pond almost half empty.
The best we could figure out was that a cat or racoon was heavy enough
on the one edge of the pool that isn't backfilled yet, to cause water
from the big pond to flow out onto the ground.  So, I enclosed the
ponds with chicken wire then went shopping on ebay for an electric
fence.

About 2 am this morning, there was a loud screech that almost sounded
like a woman and I almost hit the ceiling.  After I got my bearings
and this noise continued, I realized the screech was more of a high
pitched warble followed by a croak.  I went out with a flash light
looking for what I thought must be a frog.  There was nothing around
the pond!  Thinking about it as this periodic noise continued until
about 5 am, I wondered if it might be a tree frog since despite
checking the ponds from several angles though out the 3 hour period
revealed no frog at the ponds.  Neighbours throughout the night we
obviously trying to find out what it was.  I have no idea whether it
was actually in our backyard or just close to it.  There are several
pools in the neighbourhood as well as at least 2 other ponds (one
beside us) and a creek just across the road from us.  Does anyone have
any idea what this creature was?

 
 
 

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Post by K30 » Tue, 12 Jun 2001 23:00:56


Raccoons are usually the culprits when
the pond is emptied and trashed. Cats
can't do that much damage - they might
catch a fish but have no interest in plants.

Raccoons eat *everything* so pulling out
plants and depotting them is not a problem
for their agile paws.
They also have a wide and varied number of
screams, growls, chirrs and banshee wails.

K30A
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Post by Pam & Jake Shanle » Tue, 12 Jun 2001 23:17:44


There might be a duel problem here. A racoon trashed your pond like he did
to ours. We now have a fido fence. The loud could have been a screech owl.
They make a god awful noise that is so loud it awoke us up in the middle
of the night! All a guess, but possible.
Quote:

> Yesterday morning we awoke to find the small pond almost half empty.
> The best we could figure out was that a cat or racoon was heavy enough
> on the one edge of the pool that isn't backfilled yet, to cause water
> from the big pond to flow out onto the ground.  So, I enclosed the
> ponds with chicken wire then went shopping on ebay for an electric
> fence.

> About 2 am this morning, there was a loud screech that almost sounded
> like a woman and I almost hit the ceiling.  After I got my bearings
> and this noise continued, I realized the screech was more of a high
> pitched warble followed by a croak.  I went out with a flash light
> looking for what I thought must be a frog.  There was nothing around
> the pond!  Thinking about it as this periodic noise continued until
> about 5 am, I wondered if it might be a tree frog since despite
> checking the ponds from several angles though out the 3 hour period
> revealed no frog at the ponds.  Neighbours throughout the night we
> obviously trying to find out what it was.  I have no idea whether it
> was actually in our backyard or just close to it.  There are several
> pools in the neighbourhood as well as at least 2 other ponds (one
> beside us) and a creek just across the road from us.  Does anyone have
> any idea what this creature was?

 
 
 

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Post by to.. » Wed, 13 Jun 2001 07:57:34


On Mon, 11 Jun 2001 09:48:30 -0400, Newsgroup Subscriber

Quote:

>Yesterday morning we awoke to find the small pond almost half empty.
>The best we could figure out was that a cat or racoon was heavy enough
>on the one edge of the pool that isn't backfilled yet, to cause water
>from the big pond to flow out onto the ground.  So, I enclosed the
>ponds with chicken wire then went shopping on ebay for an electric
>fence.

>About 2 am this morning, there was a loud screech that almost sounded
>like a woman and I almost hit the ceiling.  After I got my bearings
>and this noise continued, I realized the screech was more of a high
>pitched warble followed by a croak.  I went out with a flash light
>looking for what I thought must be a frog.  There was nothing around
>the pond!  Thinking about it as this periodic noise continued until
>about 5 am, I wondered if it might be a tree frog since despite
>checking the ponds from several angles though out the 3 hour period
>revealed no frog at the ponds.  Neighbours throughout the night we
>obviously trying to find out what it was.  I have no idea whether it
>was actually in our backyard or just close to it.  There are several
>pools in the neighbourhood as well as at least 2 other ponds (one
>beside us) and a creek just across the road from us.  Does anyone have
>any idea what this creature was?

Could the noise you heard have been a peacock? When the mating season
comes in the male sits up in the tree almost all night screaming. He
wouldn't be responsible for the pond problem though. Good luck
cheers,
tonyf
 
 
 

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Post by Nedr » Wed, 13 Jun 2001 08:40:25


But,  the original poster says nothing about the pond being "trashed" ...
just half empty.  Not likely a raccoon would half empty a pond without some
damage to the plants.  This 'half-empty pond' happened to my lotus pond last
early summer.  Water half gone ... and this is a rather large 12 ft.
diameter pond.  Never did figure out what caused it.

Nedra

www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pines/4836



: There might be a duel problem here. A racoon trashed your pond like he did
: to ours. We now have a fido fence. The loud could have been a screech owl.
: They make a god awful noise that is so loud it awoke us up in the middle
: of the night! All a guess, but possible.
:
:
: > Yesterday morning we awoke to find the small pond almost half empty.
: > The best we could figure out was that a cat or racoon was heavy enough
: > on the one edge of the pool that isn't backfilled yet, to cause water
: > from the big pond to flow out onto the ground.  So, I enclosed the
: > ponds with chicken wire then went shopping on ebay for an electric
: > fence.
: >
: > About 2 am this morning, there was a loud screech that almost sounded
: > like a woman and I almost hit the ceiling.  After I got my bearings
: > and this noise continued, I realized the screech was more of a high
: > pitched warble followed by a croak.  I went out with a flash light
: > looking for what I thought must be a frog.  There was nothing around
: > the pond!  Thinking about it as this periodic noise continued until
: > about 5 am, I wondered if it might be a tree frog since despite
: > checking the ponds from several angles though out the 3 hour period
: > revealed no frog at the ponds.  Neighbours throughout the night we
: > obviously trying to find out what it was.  I have no idea whether it
: > was actually in our backyard or just close to it.  There are several
: > pools in the neighbourhood as well as at least 2 other ponds (one
: > beside us) and a creek just across the road from us.  Does anyone have
: > any idea what this creature was?
:

 
 
 

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Post by Newsgroup Subscribe » Wed, 13 Jun 2001 22:00:05


Quote:

> On Mon, 11 Jun 2001 09:48:30 -0400, Newsgroup Subscriber

> >Yesterday morning we awoke to find the small pond almost half empty.
> >The best we could figure out was that a cat or racoon was heavy enough
> >on the one edge of the pool that isn't backfilled yet, to cause water
> >from the big pond to flow out onto the ground.  So, I enclosed the
> >ponds with chicken wire then went shopping on ebay for an electric
> >fence.

> >About 2 am this morning, there was a loud screech that almost sounded
> >like a woman and I almost hit the ceiling.  After I got my bearings
> >and this noise continued, I realized the screech was more of a high
> >pitched warble followed by a croak.  I went out with a flash light
> >looking for what I thought must be a frog.  There was nothing around
> >the pond!  Thinking about it as this periodic noise continued until
> >about 5 am, I wondered if it might be a tree frog since despite
> >checking the ponds from several angles though out the 3 hour period
> >revealed no frog at the ponds.  Neighbours throughout the night we
> >obviously trying to find out what it was.  I have no idea whether it
> >was actually in our backyard or just close to it.  There are several
> >pools in the neighbourhood as well as at least 2 other ponds (one
> >beside us) and a creek just across the road from us.  Does anyone have
> >any idea what this creature was?

> Could the noise you heard have been a peacock? When the mating season
> comes in the male sits up in the tree almost all night screaming. He
> wouldn't be responsible for the pond problem though. Good luck
> cheers,

No, we tracked down the source of the noise last night.  It started about
10 pm so DH and I went out searching.  We found a toad in the water of the
small pond and stood in awe as it made its eerie call.  DH fished it out
and released in into the yard some distance from the ponds.  About a half
hour later, the noise started again so back out we went.  This time we
captured the toad and another call revealed another toad which we
captured.  DS took the two offending critters over to the creek and
released them.  I'm sure my neighbours were thrilled to have a peaceful
night sleep!
 
 
 

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Post by K30 » Wed, 13 Jun 2001 22:13:05


Isn't it amazing what noise such small creatures
can emit?

K30A
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