For the last ten days or so I have been hearing something like a small motor trying to start but not quite making it. I couldn't figure out what it was. It went on for hours every twenty minutes or so. Yesterday I tried to track it down because it was starting to keep me awake. I thought something may have gone wrong with one of the vents on the roof or something underneath the place but I couldn't figure it out and my husband who is hard of hearing couldn't hear it.
I discovered the culprit yesterday. A large male grouse was displaying on top of our woodpile, in fact he sat in the same place making this noise yesterday just about all day. This morning he woke me at 3:36 am and has kept it up most of the day although he has moved a bit into the bush right now. I hope he finds a mate soon as both of us will get cranky and tired.