We have lived in our new home for two years. It was chosen on purpose for being “in the woods”. It is situated on a point between two lakes. It is in a mature oak forest and the amount of birdlife, amphibians and mammals is prodigious. It is a short drive from where I have been involved with my research for the last six years.
I have heard the “Ohio Moan Howl” and human-sounding calls from this location and recorded many distant howls and whistles. Â There have been several times when we thought perhaps we were not alone but nothing definitive.
Yesterday afternoon my wife and I planted some hosta in our backyard overlooking the lake. Our property is on the lake, although the slope to the shore is much too steep for the casual walker. Â While digging holes for the plants I stopped to knock off a few branches of a dying pine tree in our yard. Some of the branches I broke off with my hands, some of them I broke with a small shovel.
The pine tree I was knocking dead branches from.
I didn’t think anything about it until about 5 minutes later we heard what appeared to be a rock being thrown with force against a metal object. Others may think it is wood, I am not sure, but I do know it was purposeful. Â The sound came from across the cove probably about 70 yards away. I was fortunate to have my Telinga parabolic pointed that direction and my recorder to be on at the time.
This is a picture through the trees in our backyard showing the area Â across the cove where the rock throwing sound came from.
Click here to listen to sound clip: Â Rock Throwing 1