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Thunderbird Report #1: July 2015

I think thunderbirds, (giant, coal-black birds that are known to carry off people!) are very rare. They are not reported as much as other cryptids, like Bigfoot. Last month, I was writing a thunderbird chapter in my second book and decided to start a project on this blog to try to find sightings of thunderbirds and learn more about them.

This is the first of these posts, which I am going to call "Thunderbird Reports." I'll do one each month… some may have lots of sightings, some man not. If YOU have seen thunderbird, please comment and tell me about your encounter! I'd love to hear about it.

Thunderbird Report, #1, July 14, 2015


Last year, I posted about my book Cryptid U.S., which is out now, and on the first post about it(which is one of the most viewed posts on this blog) I got a comment from someone who claims to have seen a thunderbird. Commenter BCC said:

"I saw what could only be called a Thunderbird in the summer of 1994 in Amite Louisiana. There were two other people with me and we were all taken back by the size."
I asked about more details but never got a response, but it is still an interesting report anyway.


There have been a couple of reports of thunderbirds in the last couple of years.

  • APRIL 26, 2013, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Two teenagers driving late at night on April 26, 2013 in a wooded area saw a huge bird that they couldn't identify. The bird was about forty feet up in the air and they thought the wingspan was about ten to twelve feet. Height of the bird was about four feet. They think they startled the bird and heard it flap its wings as it flew away. 

Source: Possible Thunderbird Sighting -

  • MAY 17, 2013, Derry Township, Pennsylvania
A man decided to go fishing at Loyalhanna Lake in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, PA. As he was driving to the lake and was about four miles away, he saw a giant bird fifty feet ahead, about ten feet off the road. The wingspan was "gigantic." It flapped its wings twice, and was dark in color. Neck was short, body was "very large" and it also had a huge tail. The witness said he had never seen anything like it.
Source: Another Possible Thunderbird Sighting in Derry Township, PA-May 17, 2013- 

  • MARCH 25, 2014, Jaennette, Pennsylvania

Stan Gordon had a report on his website about a man who saw a T-bird while walking near Jeannette, PA. He thought he was looking at a small aircraft at first. Soon, he realized it was moving to fast to be a small plane. He watched what he now knew was a gigantic bird fly westward. Its wings were "turned up at the end" and he never saw it flap them. He ran to his house and got binoculars so he could get a better view of the extraordinary avian. He saw it momentarily when he returned, but it flew out of sight before he could look at it with the binoculars. The wingspan was about fifteen feet.

Source: Giant Bird Observed Near Jaennette, PA-March 25, 2014 -

  • JULY 21, 2014, Indiana County, Pennsylvania
A witness driving through a rural area in Indiana County, PA, saw a gigantic bird that was dark in color. It had a broad, semicircular tail. He thought the wingspan was about 12 feet, and watched it fly for about twenty seconds. The man is an experienced bird watcher and is familiar with birds like egret, heron, crane, and eagle in PA, and said this bird was not one of those species. 

Source: Did an Experienced Bird Watcher Observe a Thunderbird in Pennsylvania? -

  • AUGUST 24, 2014, Scottdale, Pennsylvania
Roger Marsh (editor of the MUFON UFO Journal) observed a massive bird at 1:15 PM in Scottdale, PA. It was the "biggest bird he had ever seen." It was dark in color and had a massive wingspan. According to Marsh, two other men were overheard at a local stare on the same day talking about a giant bird they had seen.

Source: Giant Flying Creature Reports Increase in Pennsylvania - 
  • SEPTEMBER 2014, Fayette County, West Virginia

A report was sent in to the Phantoms and Monsters website earlier in 2015 about a sightings of a flying creature in Fayette County, WV in September of last year. The witness (from Greensboro, NC) was visiting friends and stopped by the Kanawha River on the way home. As he looked towards a waterfall, he saw something big flying over the river. He said the body was "black, and was shaped like a cylinder tapered to a pair of short legs." He saw no tail. The wings were "wide and broad." The wings never flapped, and the span of them was about twenty feet. 

Source: Flying Cryptid Sightings - Kanawha Falls, WV -

  • SEPTEMBER 23-24, 2014, Pennsylvania
Stan Gordon notes several sightings that occurred in only two days. On Sept. 23, a witness in Jaennette, PA, heard an unusual animal sound and saw a giant, "very black" bird flying over his property. It was six feet or more in length and the wingspan was double that. He said it looked "more prehistoric" than a normal bird. 
The next day, two people saw a "huge, black, flying creature" in Penn, PA, a few miles away from the earlier sighting. They had seen a helicopter right before the sighting and said the thing was as big as it or possibly bigger. One witness said it looked like "a dragon."
Also on the 24th, in Irwin, PA, a witness getting into his car at 9:45 PM heard a sound like something large breaking tree branches. He heard a "loud, shrill sound" nearby and described it like an earlier witness had in Jaennette.
Source: Giant Flying Cryptid Reports Increase in Pennsylvania -

  • OCTOBER 4, 2014, New Florence, Pennsylvania
A witness who was very familiar with local birds saw saw a huge bird fly fifteen feet over his car. He said it was black or very dark brown in color. It had an elongated neck similar to that of a goose and had a beak similar to a raptor's. He thought the beak might be light brown in color. He said the wingspan was about twelve feet. 

Source: Giant Flying Cryptid Reports Increase in Pennsylvania -

    Those are the Thunderbird sightings I could find that have occurred recently. I was unable to find any from this year, but might be able to later. If I do, they will be posted in Thunderbird Report #2, which I will post sometime in August. If YOU have seen a thunderbird, please comment and let me know!


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