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What animal makes a loud low clicking noise?

Asked by suzieq5122000 (1points) June 28th, 2010

tonight I heard a strange noise in my back yard. It sounded like someone was using a stick and running it across a wooden picket fence…only about 4 or 5 clicks and then it would stop…about a minute would pass then it happened again. This continued for about ½ hr. or so.

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SmashTheState's avatar

Sounds like either a click beetle or a cicada.

molave's avatar

In what part of the world are you? Knowing your general vicinity might help others give more specific answers.

BraeBoy's avatar

If you are in the UK, I would say it may be a Magpie bird, my garden is filled with them and they’re horribly noisy!

Keysha's avatar

Bats will make that noise, as well, if your hearing is right and they are pointed directly at you when they use their radar.

gailcalled's avatar

Here is a lot of research and many suggestions from an earlier question.

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Keysha's avatar

Here is a whole list of bat sounds. Try some of them, too.

keobooks's avatar

Anyone ever see the 1980’s BBC production of “Day of the Triffids”? (you can download it on Netflix if you’re a member. Very good interpretation of the book)

The triffids mad a very low loud clicking noise that was really really creepy. I know that they’re fictional—and plants—but if I heard a low loud clicking noise, I’d hide if I were you.

gailcalled's avatar

I’d hide also if I heard a mad triffid.

suzieq5122000's avatar

I live in upstate NY near Niagara Falls in a village (fenced yards and houses close by). It was quite loud.,.lasted for 4–6 clicks…slow…at first I thought it was a kid running a stick across the fence but when I turned a flash light on, it kept happening. It seemed the noise was low to the ground and came from a different location each time. It lasted for a ½ hr – 45 mins. and occured every minute or two. The dog next door was going nuts because it heard it too. I captured the noise on my cell phone but cant seem to find a way to post it on here… I listened to the cacida noise and the click beatle noise it is neither of those. Still stumped!

suzieq5122000's avatar

not the bat sounds either… Thanks all for the suggestions. I will keep searching…

molave's avatar

So… It’s been a while. Was the mystery ever solved?

stacy53172's avatar

I’ve heard the same noise next to my window just recently in Florida. My son heard it too. When I turned on the back light I could hear the foot steps – about the size of a small possum or something like that. I didn’t think possums made noise – at least I’ve never heard it up north but footsteps were definitely a ground animal not flying.

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