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Odd Chirping Sounds At Night (not Crickets?)

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Add me to the list of confused. If we're talking about the same "chirping" sound, it's definitely NOT bird or bat. I have three in the neighborhood here in Dallas that are driving me nuts. It's a pleasant sound I've seen described here al like a smoke detector with low battery power and that sounds about right. Here they come in a sort of pattern like "CHIRP!.....chirpchirp chirp..........chirp........ " and seem to be answered by others in the neighborhood. I have one right now outside my window and have been trying to see what it is. This is the first time I've heard one so close to the ground (About 3 feet up in an ornamental cedar) and narrowed the search to within a foot before really digging in with flashlight in hand and found NOTHING!

I waited a while and it started up again in about the same place. I thing the frog guessers may be right, although I wasn't aware of any in this area but mark my words; I WILL find the bugger...

Or I'll give up and enjoy the mystery.

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yes, that is the sound alright ... and that is the pattern of the calls and response. sometimes it even seems to be coming from the air ... in several different directions.

let me know when you find out ... i still find the frogs theory to be kinda weak, but several people here swear it's frogs.

let me know what you find out.

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I've heard the same soft "smoke detector" chirping sounds . . . first thought it was some type of crickets. Only hear it outdoors at night. . . several times I'd search around in the bushes, grass, and sidewalk crevices with a flashlight . . .neighbors probably thought I was psycho. Finally found the source . . . a tiny frog about 1/2 inch long, dark in color. When the light hit it, it just froze and didn't make a sound . . . I did the same, and a few seconds later it chirped! Mystery solved . . . now I can sleep.

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I've heard the same soft "smoke detector" chirping sounds . . . first thought it was some type of crickets. Only hear it outdoors at night. . . several times I'd search around in the bushes, grass, and sidewalk crevices with a flashlight . . .neighbors probably thought I was psycho. Finally found the source . . . a tiny frog about 1/2 inch long, dark in color. When the light hit it, it just froze and didn't make a sound . . . I did the same, and a few seconds later it chirped! Mystery solved . . . now I can sleep.

so they're in the trees too? i've heard them up high. seems kinda like they do a call and response too?

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Bruce, it's been years since you posted this but I am having the same issue, and I can not find the little critter that's making the sleep depriving sound! I created an account just to find out if you ever got an answer...just like you described, a low battery sound on the smoke detector. I'm loosing sleep, I'm out every evening the last 4 days trying to find it, every time I seem to get close to it, it stops! So I'm unable to really pin point the sound. Help if you can, thanks!

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It is! I just came on here to report that I saw the little guys tonight, can't believe they can make that much noise, thanks for the response.

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Two first time posters interacting. Hilarious/cool

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I can't believe I found a thread for this topic. I've been hearing this same noise the last few nights and was wondering what kind of critter it is. Like the OP I also live in Westchase, so I guess we have a chirping frog infestation over here! :-)

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I know this is an old post, but I was searching the net because I have been hearing these weird "chirps" for a very long time and I can't see birds around my yard when I hear them! It's being picked up on y Smart Alarm when it records to! Sound so close to the house- just crazy. WHAT IS IT???

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I live in Austin and hear the same sounds. At first was afraid they were tree roaches. But after finding this youtube video...this is the exact sound I hear at night and during the day all around my house.

Tons of these little frogs. I know someone already posted a video of the sounds, but it was hard to hear the audio of the other video. This one has me convinced:
 

 

Edited by Jibbles

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I can only wish that I stayed in a place where I could hear those kind of noises in the night. Unfortunately for me all I hear are sirens and car alarms going off. I am eagerly looking forward to the day when I can finally move from this neighborhood to one that is at least a bit quieter. 

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Trying to find out  what this  chirping sound is. I  Hear it at night and it sounds like a smoke detector with low battery.  It's coming from  outside my home;  from a tree? the sky?  I've heard it before in my previous home.  I can't find the source and it's a bit unnerving.  It is not a cricket or crickets, sounds more mechanical, every two minutes or so, I hear that chirp.  Is that silly?  Has anyone heard anything like that?  It goes on for hours.

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On 7/20/2005 at 9:54 AM, bruce_oneal said:

has anyone else been hearing these weird chirping sounds at night? i thought it was birds or something as it kinda sounds like a fire detector that has a low battery. but the sounds come from one tree to the next (and sometimes from the sky).

i was also thinking bats?

i know what crickets sounds like --or at least i thought i did.

been hearing it in westchase, but also was downtown last night and heard the sounds there too ... i have not seen any evidence of birds making the sounds.

Haha I went through the same thread of thoughts. Birds, bats, then crickets. I’m still unsure what the hell is that. It’s beautiful and spooky in the same time!

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On 7/20/2005 at 10:08 PM, bruce_oneal said:

so now there are about 5 theories:

1. aliens --interesting but not probably --at least not in my 'hood

2. frogs (in trees no less)

3. chickadees

4. bats

5. nighthawks

lol

i was really serious when i wrote the post this a.m., but this is getting comical.

lol

It was the god damn frogs!!! 😂 beautiful sounding at night though. I captured one and put it in one of those lizard cages. The sound was confusing me I kept looking around the cage and beyond. I didn’t know it was coming from right there! 

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I know it’s been 14 years but did you ever find out what that chirping noise was?  Asking for a friend.  I hear it all over my neighborhood and in the shrubs right outside our bedroom windows.  

Edited by Hurlygirl1

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They are birds peeping in their sleep.  My father and mother always had fights about it.  He said it was tree frogs, and she said it was birds.  I came and looked it up just now because I actually thought I was really hearing bats.  We have quite a few bats in The Woodlands.  Anyway, I have looked up the sounds a bat makes and guess what?  We can't hear them without something like a sonar device.  So there ya go, it's birds having sweet dreams.

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the answer is actually Geckos!

 

it's a quick video, but captures the sound.

 

 

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never in my life would I have thought I would be coming to an architecture forum to learn that birds and gekos snore.

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i love the rio grande chirping frogs in my pier and beam balloon walls 

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