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    I was walking the dog in the woodland bit at the back of our house. A heron flew over us and then this terrifying noise started up. It was kind of fox like but they tend to save the scaries for night bless 'em. When we got back to the main field bit there wasn't anyone else around, I guess it could have been a dog but it sounded really close and there wasn't any sign of people trying to reign it/them in.
    Anyway now I'm really spooked, and the woods are the best part of the dog walk. I don't want to be too scared to go in there....

    Do you think it was the heron?
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    How did the dog react? If it was dangerous they would sense it and behave accordingly. There are no natural predators that would be likely to go for a human in this country so you are safe there. If it was another dog then yurs would have gone ape I would have thought.

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    • #3
      I have no idea what a heron sounds like I'll go google it when I've finished here!

      Slightly off topic but yesterday I was cooking tea and a movement in the garden caught my eye. When I looked properly it was a sparrow hawk which had swooped down into my garden and caught a sparrow. It sat there for about 30 seconds but not quite long enough for me to sort out my camara, really impressive though..... not for the poor sparrow of course
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      • #4
        If it was in the evening, it was probably foxes... they can sound like banshees!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Roslet View Post
          If it was in the evening, it was probably foxes... they can sound like banshees!
          Or it was the creepy wood monster.............
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          • #6
            Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
            How did the dog react? If it was dangerous they would sense it and behave accordingly. There are no natural predators that would be likely to go for a human in this country so you are safe there. If it was another dog then yurs would have gone ape I would have thought.

            Pete
            He just looked a bit startled, carried on sniffing the nettles then found the most impractical way into the brook

            We were there about 2.30. Wood monster? Really? Hope he didn't see me doing my trousers back up after they burst open
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            • #7
              Yes. Wood monsters officially exist. They tend to lurk in the bushes and trees, but only usually make some obscure noise just when you've decided it's quite safe to take that sneaky wee you're desperate for behind a tree, thus putting you off and ultimately making you more desperate
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              • #8
                Last night at around midnight, yes, the witching hour, I lay in bed listening to a fox howl. This poor fox howled continually, getting weaker. I couldn't cope with laying there hearing a poor creature die but could do nothing about it. There was no way I was going wandering about in the woods at the back of my house in my dressing gown at that time of the night. I went downstairs and turned the TV on so I couldn't hear it. The odd thing is, my dog took absolutely no notice and we are talking about a dog who hides in the loo if we have a storm or fireworks.
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                • #9
                  Foxes are screamers and sound as if they are in agony anyway so probably not dying, jyst yelling. Mating season is worst, sound like babies in pain.

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                  • #10
                    It was a fox Pete but a lone one and it was getting weaker by the minute. Trust me, I am a country lass. I have a ditty covering this very subject, just say if you want to read it. I won't punnish you with it unnecessarily.
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                    • #11
                      >sound like babies in pain<

                      That's how the foxes sound around here, and baby goats sound exactly like a human baby when they cry - most unnerving.

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                      • #12
                        Hi, we've got two herons in our area, naturally they are big birds, could it have been a wind noise from their wings when they took flight I wonder?
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                        • #13
                          Wouldn't that be more of a flappy sound though? This was more of a screechy sound

                          Anyway scary woods were avoided today as I was at a session that I thought was gonna help me get a better online presence, but apparently I'm already doing all the right things. *Waves goodbye to any spark of inspiration that might have been generated by this*

                          And she made me join Twitter.

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                          • #14
                            I live near Warwickshires biggest heronrys in the country (60 breeding pairs) and have never heard a heron make any kind of noise, but have just looked at the rspb site http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/bird...e/g/greyheron/ click on the play button by the musical note. Does that sound like what you hear at all?
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                            • #15
                              Lol! My goodness yes!!! So it was the heron! Who knew?!
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