Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

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Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by webg33k » April 22nd, 2016, 3:28 pm

Just about every time my wife and I are on the Larch Mountain loop or up at Sherrard Point, we hear a rather deep hoot/bellow. It usually comes in bursts of two or three, then a pause of 10-60 seconds, and then repeats. Sometimes this lasts for minutes, sometimes it's just a few hoots.

This can happen in the middle of the day, and is somewhat loud. I don't think humans are responsible.

Anyone have any idea what could be making this sound?

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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by kepPNW » April 22nd, 2016, 3:43 pm

Grouse
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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by Crusak » April 22nd, 2016, 8:29 pm

The sound is like a deep primate sound, it's so odd. Is it really grouse? I've wondered also.
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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by aiwetir » April 22nd, 2016, 9:53 pm

Sooty grouse. Used to be called blue grouse. I've heard a barred owl up there once too which probably means there are no spotted owls up there now either.
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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by webg33k » May 2nd, 2016, 9:21 am

Thanks, folks!

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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by UTurn » May 2nd, 2016, 9:58 am

kepPNW wrote:Grouse
Agree. We heard it on Franklin Ridge. After someone told me what they thought it was, I searched YouTube for a video that would confirm the sound. This may or may not have been the video at that time but you get the idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRqCw7vpgI8

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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by Waffle Stomper » May 2nd, 2016, 7:46 pm

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir

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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by forestkeeper » May 3rd, 2016, 7:23 am

Sasquatch mating call. It seems when Karl (KepPNW) is hiking in the area, the whoops get more frequent. ;)

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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by kepPNW » May 3rd, 2016, 3:10 pm

forestkeeper wrote:Sasquatch mating call. It seems when Karl (KepPNW) is hiking in the area, the whoops get more frequent. ;)
Shhhhhh!!! As I told you, we only share that with other sasquatch! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Hoot/bellow on Larch Mountain

Post by arlohike » February 11th, 2017, 2:06 pm

I've heard this in the same places (Larch Mountain and Franklin Ridge) and at one point I could have sworn the sound was coming from the trees way overhead. But that must have been a trick of acoustics, because a knowledgeable friend heard it with me once and also said it was a grouse.

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