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Old 10-03-2021, 09:41 PM   #21
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It's a ruffed grouse

The sound you are hearing is the bird, a ruffed grouse. They make the exact sound you are describing. Look it up online or in a bird book.
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Old 10-04-2021, 07:30 AM   #22
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Back in the 70s, 4 of us went camping in Canada. The third day one of the guys mentions the weird sound of the Grouse. Two of us were surprised it was a bird making that noise. The fourth said " You guys hear that too, I thought it was in my chest and I might be having a heart attack. When we stopped laughing, we said what a trooper, having a heart attack but didn't want to ruin the trip.
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Old 10-04-2021, 08:14 AM   #23
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I've definitely heard grouse before but I never thought it felt it like you guys describe it.
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Old 10-04-2021, 08:49 AM   #24
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The sound was most likely being made by an American Bittern. American Bittern produces a sound much like that described by the original poster, though it is most prominent during their spring mating season. It is an eerie and fascinating sound. I have heard them on Little Tupper in the vicinity of site 10 in May. Wetlands in that vicinity are their preferred habitat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAxAEoAVmuc

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Old 10-04-2021, 09:43 AM   #25
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I often heard the bittern when growing up as a kid next to the wetland flats farm country of the Black River. My father likened the unmistakable clunking sound to the sound made by someone in the distance pounding a fence stake in the ground with a sledge hammer.

This and the drumbeat of a grouse should also be very familiar to anyone who has spent any time in the wild.
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Old 10-04-2021, 01:20 PM   #26
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I've only heard the bittern a few times to know what it was, but it's a really fun sound.

10 or 15 years ago we had a visit from a lady who was about 90 at the time and somewhat hard of hearing. During the day she would wear hearing aids, but at night she took them out. One morning at breakfast she asked if we had bears around here, because she thought she had heard a deep snuffling sound when heading for the bathroom in the farmhouse around 5 AM (in May). We had a grouse drumming a lot that year, and when she heard it with her hearing aids in she thought that was probably what she had heard early in the morning.
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Old 10-04-2021, 02:33 PM   #27
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Old 10-04-2021, 02:57 PM   #28
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Old 10-05-2021, 07:58 AM   #29
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Well, Chick and I spent the last 3 days at LTL and we didn't know what the hell it was.

Not putting it in the drumbeat grouse column - we have come across grouse many times in the woods.

This was weird.
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Old 10-05-2021, 02:13 PM   #30
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It's not a bird. Unlikely you and some other random people camping on the same lake would feel/hear the same bird(s).
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Old 10-05-2021, 03:43 PM   #31
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…Every so often you'd get a similar feeling to when your heart beats super-fast to the point you feel it in your head. Only it certainly wasn't that - it was something causing a reverberating sensation that would start slowly before becoming more rapid and then dying off, all in a matter of maybe 3-5 seconds.
I vote for ruffed grouse also, and I agree it happens more often in Spring but have also heard it during the early Fall before too. And yes, you kinda “feel it” in your chest more so than “hearing it”. An odd sensation for sure. Here’s a video, which doesn’t really do the ‘drumming’ sensation any justice as opposed to out in the wild where it seems a little more powerful…and if you read some of the comments, one person even describes it as similar to someone trying to start a Harley…

https://youtu.be/MVfiIp3QGs4
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