Saturday, October 7, 2017

Foiled by a Field Mouse, Ousted by an Owl; Sounds of the Night (Normal versus the Abnormal)

by Robin M. Strom-Mackey

This post is intended for paranormal investigators, performing evidence review. I post this because I was getting ready to pull the evidence from our last investigation together, and I was sitting soundly on the fence about one clip.

In the clip you see our two investigators discussing an odd smell. Then at 00:35 you hear an odd wailing noise.  We don't appear to hear it, because we make no mention of it. However, it's clearly on the sound recording.

I was confused as to whether the sound was human or animal?  I've been fooled by owls before. Their otherworldly calls can sound very like a wail or a moan, especially when filtered through walls.  The area around the building we were investigating was  heavily wooded, making the owl theory even more likely.

So I did some digging on YouTube, because I didn't want to come away, once again, foiled by a critter of the night.  Below are video recordings of both foxes and the great horned owl, the owl I felt most closely matched this particular wailing sound.

Fox calls: Pay attention especially to the section entitled Bark and Scream which begins at 1:38

Great Horned Owl:   Note Mr. Owl hoots at around 2:28 in the clip, and if you listen a little before and after you hear a distant owl that appears to be answering him.  Notice how close the wailing in the video sounds to the more distant owl.

As I gather evidence, obviously I want all of our time and effort to amount to something, I want it very much. . But obviously that something doesn't matter at all if I start labeling owls as paranormal. Paranormal Investigators, please weigh in.  What is your opinion?

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