Around the end of September beginning of October new people moved into the house behind me. They cut down all but one sickly looking tree in the middle of their back yard. So about 4-7 healthy trees were cut down. There is a tree service that offers us wood for our wood stove all the time because they have to pay to get rid of it otherwise. We got 2 large truckloads of wood within a week, we have to split and cut to size, we have a wood splitter so that helps. Also at this time I was seeing lights flashing in my backyard. I stared at them for a few minutes and realized that they were FIREFLIES when it started getting cold?
At the beginning of the summer my husband and son were talking about all the animals that end up in our yard. I said watch we'll get an opossum this year. We had some wicked wind a couple of nights in a row and since we now smoke outside we could hear branches being snapped. My puppy Loki was at the back fence and he sniffed at something and jumped back. I knew it had to be an animal so I told him to leave it and he did it again when he sniffed it again. I ran in the house to get my shoes and a flashlight. The wind was so bad a baby opossum was blown out of the tree. The crazy part was I was watching the baby opossum and took my eyes off of it for 2 seconds and it disappeared. We have a new back fence so there were no holes for it to squeeze through. I would see it if it had climbed the fence. We looked along the back fence line and the only possible way it could get out is the corner of our fence and we would have seen it.
Then there was a still night and it sounded like something HUGE rammed the back fence trying to get in our yard. Luckily we include our property when we do our shielding. We also noticed on nights that we still heard small limbs breaking in our trees. Several times something would come fly out of the tree. One time it was thrown halfway across the yard (110w x 197 l.) When I said that we weren't the people cutting down trees please leave we would hear the snapping a few houses down. Then the local power company started trimming trees around a week after the people behind me cut down trees near us then on our street, they didn't care how butchered the trees looked. The snapping and breaking of branches continued. And again I said that we didn't do it please go away and we would hear the branches being snapped a few houses away. One night my son and I heard loud munching in the tree closest to us and to calm myself I joked with my son about a loud raccoon. We've seen the baby opossum a couple of times but it was quite a bit bigger than I recall but it was kind of curled up and scared until it pulled a disappearing act.
I don't know what the hell was in the trees snapping branches. The only thing I can think of is a pissed off nature spirit. Now keep in mind when I say that the branches that were snapping had to be at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches around or maybe a little bigger and there was only one night of evidence of something being eaten. Before I forget this went on during the night AND day so it wasn't squirrels or that small opossum.
I'm sorry that this was so long but I wanted to put in as much info as I could.