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Identifying my night visitor

Trying to decide if I have a problem or not with an uninvited guest on my rooftop. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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I live in a two-story house. My bedroom is on the second floor; it has a pitched ceiling, the outside of which is the roof itself (i.e. no empty space separating the bedroom and that part of the roof). I am awakened quite often during the night by an unmistakable noise of something walking over the roof; I can follow it across the bedroom as the animal moves across the roof. Sometimes it even sounds like the animal slips due to losing its footing or something. I have gotten out of bed to try to look out the window to see the culprit, but have not been able to see him.

We live in a neighborhood, but we are not far away from agricultural fields. I normally would be inclined to think the animal is a cat, but I have not ever seen any outdoor cats in my area since moving here.

While living in the US, I knew the short list of what any nocturnal visitor would likely be, but I don't know about here. Am I correct in my understanding that there are no raccoons or possum here? The only wildlife I have seen close to home so far has been a couple of hedgehogs (they seemed to lack the large motor skills needed to scale the roof, IMO), some bats during mosquito season, and a lone sighting one time last summer of a red squirrel.

Could it be a marten? I don't want the wiring of my car eaten or my smallish-dog hurt! Rats? Double ! Those are small, though; the thing on my roof sounds like a fricking mountain goat!
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Old 28.03.2012, 15:17
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Re: Identifying my night visitor

what sounds , noises do you hear?

My bet is pine martins.. they use our roof as a regular runway and sounds sometimes like they are tap dancing up there
( and we are in a similar situation.. pitched tile roof, semi-near agri.fields. )
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Old 28.03.2012, 15:19
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Trying to decide if I have a problem or not with an uninvited guest on my rooftop. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

Facts are as follows:

I live in a two-story house. My bedroom is on the second floor; it has a pitched ceiling, the outside of which is the roof itself (i.e. no empty space separating the bedroom and that part of the roof). I am awakened quite often during the night by an unmistakable noise of something walking over the roof; I can follow it across the bedroom as the animal moves across the roof. Sometimes it even sounds like the animal slips due to losing its footing or something. I have gotten out of bed to try to look out the window to see the culprit, but have not been able to see him.

We live in a neighborhood, but we are not far away from agricultural fields. I normally would be inclined to think the animal is a cat, but I have not ever seen any outdoor cats in my area since moving here.

While living in the US, I knew the short list of what any nocturnal visitor would likely be, but I don't know about here. Am I correct in my understanding that there are no raccoons or possum here? The only wildlife I have seen close to home so far has been a couple of hedgehogs (they seemed to lack the large motor skills needed to scale the roof, IMO), some bats during mosquito season, and a lone sighting one time last summer of a red squirrel.

Could it be a marten? I don't want the wiring of my car eaten or my smallish-dog hurt! Rats? Double ! Those are small, though; the thing on my roof sounds like a fricking mountain goat!
Have you ever thought that it might be the Chupacabra?!
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Old 28.03.2012, 15:22
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Re: Identifying my night visitor

Even nesting birds.

In my old house (which was an old house), I used to hear loads of noise close to my head (slept under the sloping roof) and thought we had marders (pine martens), but it turned out to be bloody sparrows crabling about. Just 'cos they're small, doesn't mean they don't make a disproportionate amount of noise - and everything is always louder at night.
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Re: Identifying my night visitor

Apparently there are raccoons in the Alps, but not very common. In fact, the last raccoon sighting in Liechtenstein was in 2006. I know this because they shot and stuffed the animal, and it's now on display at the Liectenstein national museum!

Cats or squirrels perhaps? In the states I used to buy large sheets with glue on them to trap vermin (they liked to hibernate in my cars during the winter); like fly-paper but for larger animals. You could try placing a few on your roof or roof access-point and see what you get?
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Re: Identifying my night visitor

I had the same problem with crows. Made me crap myself during late night ps3 sessions.

I just put my cat out of the velux window onto the roof and then they buggered off.

After doing this several times, my cat has now made friends with the crows and can be seen hanging out with them in my garden.

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Old 28.03.2012, 15:27
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Have you ever thought that it might be the Chupacabra?!
No, but in case I ever catch it, I have a useful chart here that I can use to determine its authenticity!
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Old 28.03.2012, 15:29
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No, but in case I ever catch it, I have a useful chart here that I can use to determine its authenticity!


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Re: Identifying my night visitor

Or one of these? (Not the fireman, that would just be silly).
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Old 28.03.2012, 15:39
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and everything is always louder at night.
yep, after the neighbours made a comment we started closing the windows.
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Old 28.03.2012, 16:02
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The Local was quick this time....it is definitely the Chupacabra!!

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The infamous Chupacabra was arrested by California Highway Patrol last Friday. He was initially stopped for using the carpool lane while driving by himself. Upon apprehension, they discovered large quantities of narcotics, a box of bootleg Britney Spears cds and an expired Tijuana drivers license...apparently he was trying to make a run for Canada. The plot thickens, ICE caught wind of the story and after running a background check, they discovered that he entered the US in 1973 and never bothered to leave. His real name is Ueli S. (last name not disclosed for privacy reasons) and is a Swiss national. He's set for deportation....
It shocked me...
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Marten ?

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Old 28.03.2012, 16:19
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what sounds , noises do you hear?

My bet is pine martins.. they use our roof as a regular runway and sounds sometimes like they are tap dancing up there
( and we are in a similar situation.. pitched tile roof, semi-near agri.fields. )
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Even nesting birds.

In my old house (which was an old house), I used to hear loads of noise close to my head (slept under the sloping roof) and thought we had marders (pine martens), but it turned out to be bloody sparrows crabling about. Just 'cos they're small, doesn't mean they don't make a disproportionate amount of noise - and everything is always louder at night.
I don't think it is a bird due to the way that the noise moves when it is up there (like not spotty, as when a bird flies and lights, but more definitive). I also assumed the birds were in their nests during the night and not active? I don't think I have anywhere for them to nest, but will check anyway.

Grynch, did you actually see the martens?

What does marten poop look like? I think there may be some droppings on the flat part of the window fronts that don't appear to be bird droppings.

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Apparently there are raccoons in the Alps, but not very common. In fact, the last raccoon sighting in Liechtenstein was in 2006. I know this because they shot and stuffed the animal, and it's now on display at the Liectenstein national museum!

Cats or squirrels perhaps? In the states I used to buy large sheets with glue on them to trap vermin (they liked to hibernate in my cars during the winter); like fly-paper but for larger animals. You could try placing a few on your roof or roof access-point and see what you get?
A one-time bad experience with little kids, a glueboard in the garage, and a field mouse that was still alive and squeaking when my kids found him on the glueboard has soured me on their usage. The end was not pretty and required more effort on my part than the glueboard package promised!
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Old 28.03.2012, 16:25
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Sorry Textoch. I thought the feeling was mutual. I'll leave you alone now
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Old 28.03.2012, 16:32
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Grynch, did you actually see the martens?

What does marten poop look like? I think there may be some droppings on the flat part of the window fronts that don't appear to be bird droppings.

we've never actually seen them on the roof.. but at times we've seen them scampering down the road

and

scat..( from "the Complete Animal Scat Guide"... seriously )
Pine Marten scat is brown to black in color 1 1/2 to 2 inches long & up to 3/8 of an inch in diameter. Scat is twisted & tapered resembling that of a mink. Evidence of hair & bone may be present. Martens also feed on berry crops unlike Minks and Weasels and seeds may be present in their scat.

http://www.northwoodsguides.com/anim...tm#Pine_Marten
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I had the same problem with crows. Made me crap myself during late night ps3 sessions.

I just put my cat out of the velux window onto the roof and then they buggered off.

After doing this several times, my cat has now made friends with the crows and can be seen hanging out with them in my garden.

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Hehehe I just had a good laugh to myself............ as I misread crows as cows......I thought you must have a mighty big cat
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In the states I used to buy large sheets with glue on them to trap vermin (they liked to hibernate in my cars during the winter); like fly-paper but for larger animals. You could try placing a few on your roof or roof access-point and see what you get?
glue boards are cruel!
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The Local was quick this time....it is definitely the Chupacabra!!



It shocked me...
Ideally when he gets back here he'll open an authentic street taco stand somewhere in La Côte and decide to actually be open on Sundays.
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Have you ever thought that it might be the Chupacabra?!
You are silly LiB, everybody knows that they do not exist in Europe. It must be a Wolpertinger.
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Its Grynch. Same thing happened to us. Shoot him
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