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  • Frits Westra
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      FarShores CryptoNews

      Posted Oct 01.01

      Additional Pennsylvania Thunderbird Reports

      From Researcher: Stan Gordon

      As as result of my recent report on a possible Thunderbird sighting in
      Souhwest Pennsylvania, I was contacted by Craig Heinselman, a fellow
      researcher who has done some excellent work concerning
      cryptozoological matters. Craig advised me that he has received
      information on three other possible Thunderbird sightings from the
      Keystone state of recent date.

      Craig has given me permission to share this information, which is from
      a write up for a publication which he co-edits called The North
      American BioFortean Review, http://www.herper.com/NABR.html. Craig
      has also written a detailed article on the Thunderbird mystery which
      can be accessed at: http://www.cryptozoology.com

      June 13, 2001- "A resident of the town of Greenville, PA reported
      seeing a large bird the size of a small airplane from his living room.
      Greensville is a small town that lies near the border of Ohio and
      about half-way between Erie and Pittsburgh. The witness, Ray (Please
      note, the witnesses actual name is not used as he has asked for
      anonymity) upon futher inquiry during a phone interview on June 15,
      2001, was able to flesh out the report as. Ray described the bird as
      fully feathered a dark brown or black color. The back of the wings was
      a grayish-black. The body was not bulky and the overall appearance was
      not like any bird he had ever seen. As the house lies near Little
      Shedango Stream and the house overlooks a small pond and woodlands,
      Ray was extremely familiar with the birds and other wildlife in the
      area including bald eagles, vultures and storks.

      Ray stated that the bird flew in from the South at a distance of
      200-300 yards from the window and landed on a large tree beside the
      small pond. As it flew in he saw a shadow first and thought it was an
      ultra light aircraft that are used in the area by some neighbors. The
      bird landed and remained on the tree for 15-20 minutes, and then took
      off again to the South. Ray estimated that the wingspan was equivalent
      to some of the ultra lights he has seen in the area, around 15 feet of
      wingspan and upwards of 5 feet of body size.

      Ray during the interview made a passing mention as well of a neighbor
      that although not familiar with the wildlife of the area reported to
      his wife about a large bird she had seen on June 14, 2001. The bird
      was described as "the biggest bird I ever saw" and bigger than a
      stork. Again the bird was a blackish color."

      The third report comes from July 6, 2001 out of Erie County. This July
      report came to Craig's attention from a letter printed in the UK based
      magazine Fortean Times. Craig states in his article "Although
      corroboration from the witness has yet to be made and more details of
      the report discovered, the basic description is similar to the
      Greenville sightings and suggests the same type of bird was seen.
      Robin Swope, the witness, reported a large bird flying out from near a
      mausoleum as she cut the grass. It flew by some high tension wires and
      was estimated to be 15-17 feet in wingspan." The color was described
      as: "...It was dark grey with little or no neck, and a circle of black
      under it's head, Its beak was very thin and long, about a foot in

      Craig Heinselman, cites the following sources in his article from
      which this information was taken.

      Hall, Mark, Natural Mysteries, 2nd Revised Edition, MAHP,
      Minneapolis, 1991

      Hall, Mark, Thunderbirds-the Living Legends!, 2nd Edition, MAHP,
      Minneapolis, 1994

      Ray (anonymous name) interview June 15, 2001 and e-mail
      correspondence June/July 2001

      Swope, Robin, Letter entitled Thunderbird Sighting?, Fortean Times
      No. 148, August, 2001

      Stan Gordon
      PA UFO/Fortean Hotline 724-838-7768 (24 hours)

      Sep 30.01

      Posted Sep 29.01

      Did A Thunderbird Visit Southwest Pennsylvania?

      From Researcher: Stan Gordon

      This past Wednesday, I received an interesting sighting report. A 19
      year old witness claims to have seen a huge bird in South Greensburg,
      located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. . The actual observation
      occured on Tuesday evening, September 25, 2001. I conducted an indepth
      interview with the witness by phone. On Thursday, Dennis Smeltzer, an
      associate researcher with a serious interest in ornithology, went to
      the location of the sighting, and interviewed the witness.

      The sighting occurred at about 7:30 P.M. local time, when it was
      beginning to turn dark. The witness was outside at the time, and was
      close to Route 119, which is a major highway. The witness was
      observing the trucks and cars passing by when his attention was drawn
      upwards by a sound "like flags flapping in a thunderstorm." He
      observed a huge bird which appeared to be black, or very dark
      grayish-brown. The witness was startled at the wingspan of the
      creature, which he estimated to be between 10 and 15 feet.

      The bird's head was estimated to be about 3 feet long, about as large
      as a small dog. When the bird was first observed, the witness stated,
      "I wouldn't say it was flapping it's wings gracefully, but almost
      horrifically flapping it's wings very slowly, then gliding above the
      passing big rig trucks." The creature seemed to be following the truck
      traffic, passing overhead at about 50 to 60 feet.

      The bird flew about 150 feet down the road towards a wooded area. The
      bird spread it's wings, showing the witness how massive it was, as it
      swooped down on a dead tree near a billboard. This fellow continued to
      watch as it dropped slowly, yet forcefully, and saw the bird ruffle
      it's feathers, and saw it's head move around. After several seconds
      the bird rose from the tree, and gave the man the impression, that the
      tree would bow and break from the apparent weight. The bird then flew
      out of view towards another wooded area. The entire sighting lasted
      around a minute and a half. Immediately after the occurrence, this man
      ran to a local business to ask if anyone saw what he observed. He also
      approached a woman who was nearby, but she didn't see it either. The
      witness was upset that apparently no one else has reported this

      Smeltzer looked around the area of the tree where the bird was
      reported to have landed, but no evidence could be found. It's
      Smeltzer's impression that the witness is not fabricating and is
      describing to the best of his ability what he observed. The witness
      appears familiar with the great blue heron, vulture, and eagle, and is
      certain that this is not what he saw.

      I would be interested in hearing of any similar recent reports.

      Stan Gordon
      PA UFO/Fortean Hotline 724-838-7768 (24 hours)

      Sep 29.01

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