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PostMon Nov 02, 2020 11:04 pm 
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So on a few occasions this summer, primarily near rivers in the mountains, Iíve noticed a consistent sound comparable to someone dropping a bowling ball on a parking garage ground.a deep thud that bounces and vibrates to a stop. It happened repeatedly when I was fishing along the Clearwater in Idaho and a few times near home around middle fork as well. Does anyone have any explanation what I might have been hearing? The only logical thing I could think of is active mining nearby but thatís pure speculation.
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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 12:42 am 
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Bird, grouse I think. It always sounded to me like someone trying to pull start a lawnmower or boat engine.

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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 8:18 am 
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Yep, grouse.  It's more fun to tell others with you that it's bigfoot sending signals, though.
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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 8:32 am 
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Geyser Valley in the Olympics was named that when some early explorers heard that sound and thought it was geysers, some ďoutdoorsmenĒ. All hunters know the sound.🤪

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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 9:25 am 
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Noheaperture wrote:
Iíve noticed a consistent sound comparable to someone dropping a bowling ball on a parking garage ground.a deep thud that bounces and vibrates to a stop.

Is this what you are hearing?
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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 9:51 am 
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Just because you heard a grouse doesn't mean you're NOT crazy.  wink.gif

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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 10:45 am 
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Mike Collins wrote:
Noheaperture wrote:
Iíve noticed a consistent sound comparable to someone dropping a bowling ball on a parking garage ground.a deep thud that bounces and vibrates to a stop.

Is this what you are hearing?

Thatís it! Wow, Iím blown away itís been grouse I am hearing this whole time. Thanks everyone, Now I donít feel COMPLETELY crazy.  cool.gif
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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 11:07 am 
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Thanks for posting the video!!  I've heard that too and had no idea what it was.
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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 11:38 am 
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This video shows better how the drumming sound is made. But the male is not hitting his breast for the sound. It is created by the movement of air with his wings being close to the drumming log.

Page 3 of this study explains how the drumming sound is produced.
https://kb.osu.edu/bitstream/handle/1811/34249/Knowledge_Bank_Copy.pdf?sequence=1
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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 12:58 pm 
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Yep. I had the same question and posted it here years ago. I had been off trail in the Olympics, had just eaten lunch and gotten freshly stoned. Could have sworn there was a tractor or some big piece of machinery in the next gully over. Screwed with my mind until I got some answers here.

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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 2:02 pm 
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When that happens to me I IMMEDIATELY run all directions thru the brush arms waving!!! Gotta scare those things 'way!!!

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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 2:45 pm 
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Slugman wrote:
It always sounded to me like someone trying to pull start a lawnmower or boat engine.

Right!  A lawnmower that needed ethanol-free gas and didn't get it!   ykm.gif

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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 2:46 pm 
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I got attacked by a herd (flock?) of them once.  Sounded like a fleet of old school WW2 bombers coming in...they flew straight at my head.   They were having a get together, about 6-8 of them, on a big open rock.  Then they all flew straight at me.  Chicken attack.  I laughed pretty hard.  I've been back to that same camp spot (off trail in the ONP) a few times, it is the mountain chicken meeting rock - as they were there again just before sunset...I hid in my tent.   biggrin.gif

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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 3:39 pm 
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We have a thread about animals in unexpected places. But you expected those birds. Like the time I went to Bonney lakes in the Eagle Cap hoping to see the ďcornice elkĒ again, and there they were. Or going to the Skagit to see eagles. We need a thread for that.

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PostTue Nov 03, 2020 4:27 pm 
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You usually hear it during breeding season--May, June??  Maybe you heard a late bloomer?

I used to hear them quite a bit in the Methow area.

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