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Possible Otters [Nov. 6th, 2010|05:47 pm]
Nicodemus
It's cleaning day. (Wheeeeeeha.) Walked down to the street to fetch the trash cans today.

Our long driveway crosses through the neighbors property and ends down by a spring choked with reeds and berry brambles. I heard a very strange sound... a lot like a bullfrog except it ended with a distinct chirp. It was in the underbrush and didn't sound like a bird. And it started with a rusty hinge type of sound with distinct ticks.

Thanks to Kiswara and Trey for help with sounds. It was kinda like this but ended with a chirrup.

I think we have otters at the spring again! I encountered an otter before, two years ago I think (not enough time to search back and find the LJ entry at the moment), and saw her head that direction.

Now it sounds like river otters are back at our little waterway. Hooray! :D
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2010-11-07 01:44 am (UTC)
You have otters?! Can I move in with you? I'm tiny and I don't eat much (both lies).
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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2010-11-07 02:19 am (UTC)
Huzzah! Life is always better with otters (and wolves and ferrets, but that's different).
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2010-11-07 08:23 am (UTC)
Otters otters otters otters otters otters otters otters OTTERS!

May I suggest we take a few walks down by your spring in a few days, just for no particular reason other than wanting the exercise? ;3

And by the way: OTTERS!
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[User Picture]From: donkeyears
2010-11-07 01:01 pm (UTC)
You otter of not done that.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2010-11-07 04:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, but you have to take the dogs on a few walks in the other direction so they don't feel unloved.
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[User Picture]From: brandywine93
2010-11-08 09:23 pm (UTC)
i thought that was your squee of glee i heard! btw... i agree... otters! cuteness! otters! cuteness!otters! cuteness!otters! cuteness!otters! cuteness! (take a lot of pics for those of us location impared)
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2010-11-07 03:42 pm (UTC)
Hide your fish :)
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[User Picture]From: otters
2010-11-07 05:54 pm (UTC)
Both are distress vocalizations. The 'huff' is a warning call that there's something to be wary of nearby; the 'chirp' is almost always a alarm call given by an otter (usually a pup) who is separated from its fellows. They are rarely emitted by the same individual at once, though, so what I imagine you heard was a mother doing the huff, and a nearby offspring doing the chirp. Best guess. It does sound likely that what you heard is otters, though. ^^
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2010-11-07 08:12 pm (UTC)
Raccoons, and otters down the street? You live in paradise.
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2010-11-07 11:43 pm (UTC)
maybe you might be able to get some pictures you guys have found a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
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[User Picture]From: foobart
2010-11-09 02:32 pm (UTC)
From the title of your post, I was thinking you were going to talk about something related to Schrödinger. But your thing is cool too. :)
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