03/23/2013 11:28 am ET

7 Animal Sounds You Might Hear In Your Backyard

From Mother Nature Network's Laura Moss:

Squirrels, pigeons and the occasional raccoon or opossum are about the extent of the backyard wildlife most of us encounter. They're familiar sights around the neighborhood, and we're used to the sounds they make as they coo, screech and chatter. But have you ever awoken in the middle of the night to a wild sound you couldn't place?

As human development expands, wild animals are moving into urban and suburban areas in search of food and shelter, and although we might not see them, we often hear the evidence of their presence. We've rounded up videos that capture the hoots, screeches and other wild calls of seven animals that are finding their way into our backyards.

Which ones have you heard in your neighborhood?



7 Wildlife Calls You Might Hear In Your Backyard