So while hiking the ALT a couple weeks ago, I was on Shavers Mt., between Wildell and Johns Camp Shelters when I heard a sound, which I initially thought was a bird of some kind, that I don't recall ever hearing before in the woods. Not sure how accurately I can describe it here, but it started with a shrill scream (think hawk), then a deep Wanh, Wahn, Whan. This sound was deep and guttural, with a sharp cutoff on the end.
Any ideas? Could have been a hawk and then something else? Bigfoot?
Not enough info. Often times hikers hear Pileated Woodpeckers - pretty prehistoric sounding. I did a brief search and found this Audubon site. It has an internal search engine so you can listen to the calls of different species:
Definitely not a woodpecker, I'm familiar with their sound. The closest sound I've been able to find is an Elk grunt, but unless the DNR started stocking Elk along with Rattlesnakes/Wolves/Cougars (insert your favorite rumor), it wasn't an Elk.
Hard to say. I've spent quite a bit of time by myself back on the river there. I've heard Bobcats quite a few times. I've heard some pretty goofy bird noises too. Maybe even the same one you're describing, but I have no idea what it belongs too.
After checking that site, I think it was a raven that I was hearing. Listen to the last call on there.
Last Edit: Nov 9, 2014 22:46:49 GMT -5 by arfcomhkr