||[Oct. 20th, 2010|07:37 am]
Last night, well after dark, the squirrels were still at it. This morning, before dawn, the squirrels were at it again. They beat the early birds out of bed. They prefer this side of the house when they're in the mood, and although it's sometimes fun to watch them flirting their tails and chasing each other up and down trees and turning somersaults (however many are in the mood at the time) they make enough noise to be disruptive. Both vocally and in the noise they make rushing around or falling ka-thump! on the water tank (which, when not full, booms like a big drum) and rustling in the leaves.
I wish they'd just go on and get it over with. They won't, of course. They're going to be leaping, running, chasing and being chased until the last pair finally give up sometime in December. (Ah. The first bird just spoke up--a blue jay. And that pair of squirrels is now silent (or much farther away. Back to work.)
My bushy-tailed rats sleep at night (eventually)--the ones that rampage on the roof at night tend to be raccoons, opossums, or (and we always hope not) the scaly-tailed rats.
Ah, yes. No sleeping late here, either. They make an incredible amount of noise for such small animals. Our having a metal roof accentuates the problem.
I'm in Melbourne, Australia.
I have what I call my "friendly neighbour possum".
He likes to sit on the tree just outside my window and call away. I don't know if you know what a common brushtail possum mating call sounds like, but the only way I can describe it is long noted grunting. It always seems to start either just as I've dozed off, or when I've woken in the middle of the night.
Last night he was being very friendly.
His other trick, when he's not grunting away is to jump from the tree onto the external blind and slide down it over and over again.
It never fails to amaze me the kind of uses wild animals can make of man made structures.
Do yours sound like rusty hinges on steroids?
The blue jays we have now seem to specialize in hawk screams, but they can do the rusty hinge thing too.
The squirrels...those are "chuck-chuck-chuck-chuck" followed by a noise I can't spell.
2010-10-27 04:17 am (UTC)
possums & coons & skunks, oh my!
Hi, Elizabeth. I gather you live in a rural area. Be assured that suburbia has its share of critters, too. In Glendale, California, we had opossums. Big critters, not at all intimidated by dogs, very good at tipping over garbage cans until we imitated neighbors and put a lockdown on them (easily tripped with a foot by garbage people). In Hollywood we had 'possums and raccoons and skunks. Possums and 'coons took turn every other night parading in the backyard.
One night Mama, Papa, three baby coons were going east, met Mama, two baby possums going west. Much hissing and posturing. Then both at the same instant turned and with great dignity stalked away from each other back the way they came.
Then there was the dainty little skunk. Possums and coons did NOT engage in any hissing and threats when s/he came along flirting hi/r tail.
2010-10-27 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: possums & coons & skunks, oh my!
Oh, forgot to sign. This is Laer Carroll.