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Second, we hear wildlife, such as the male fox's "vixen scream" which is usually used during mating season and answered by the fox's mate. We also hear the chirping sounds of raccoons and various noises from frogs, bugs and neighborhood dogs and cats. It's a variable orchestra of sounds. I remember hearing the fox for the first time and thinking that some poor animal was in terrible pain. Hard to get to sleep when it sounds lik it's right outside our bedroom window.
Third, thunder and lightening from spring and fall storms can either keep us from our "zzzzz's" or wake us up with a start. The "light shows" can be impressive also, even with our lined curtains and drawn blinds. You know it's bad when the dog climbs in between you and your spouse, in bed. It's also important to stay awake, during the heavy downpours, to see if our area or one that we'll be taking to work the next morning, will be flooded.
Fourth, we're right next to a firehouse so we hear (almost) every emergency vehicle leave the building at amazing speeds, sirens blaring. Having the firehouse so close-by was actually a blessing when some neighborhood children set the field on fire next to our house. Their quick response time was appreciated.
I've begun wearing at least one earplug when I go to sleep, to help balance out the nature sounds. I don't hear the trains unless I'm outside with the dog. And, we've come to appreciate the fox family that lives in our heavily tree-lined, backyard creek and dense bushes. We especially enjoy seeing the little foxes each spring and watching them chase each other in the backyard. Guess that vixen screaming is good for something, if it helps with the wildlife hookups.