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skywatcher330   posted:5/23/2010 7:12:48 PM  (Reply)
Hey everyone in Illinois, Alaska, Texas (mainly) and any other state in the union, have you seen any giant birds lately?..let me know. I'm thinking about spending a couple of weeks in the US looking at any recent big bird sitings.
jeff   posted:5/23/2010 7:27:20 PM  (Reply)
Michigan here...turkey buzzards all over the place in the sky around me. Seven foot wing span...maybe it's the same for you?
godlypunk   posted:5/24/2010 3:34:13 PM  (Reply)
From what I have heard Pennsylvania was kinda a hotspot for awhile.
Yhaeal   posted:5/29/2010 12:57:38 AM  (Reply)
 Yes! I live in Florida on the west coast and we have them here! Really really big ones!  They were freaking me out for a while with how they close they were flying around me. Now they are mostly hanging on the upper air currents. Why are you researching them?
skywatcher330   posted:5/30/2010 11:11:56 AM  (Reply)
I'm looking for birds much bigger than that: wing spans of 15 feet or more - there are sighting every now and then but it's been a few years. Some think they are the teratorn - a supposedly extict giant bird that stood about 6 to 8 feet tall with a wingspan of upwards of 30 feet. There was a sighting in Alaska back in 2001/2002 aand in Illinois as well as Texas. I'm looking for recent ones.
skywatcher330   posted:5/30/2010 11:11:56 AM  (Reply)
I'm looking for birds much bigger than that: wing spans of 15 feet or more - there are sighting every now and then but it's been a few years. Some think they are the teratorn - a supposedly extict giant bird that stood about 6 to 8 feet tall with a wingspan of upwards of 30 feet. There was a sighting in Alaska back in 2001/2002 aand in Illinois as well as Texas. I'm looking for recent ones.
skywatcher330   posted:5/30/2010 11:11:57 AM  (Reply)
I'm looking for birds much bigger than that: wing spans of 15 feet or more - there are sighting every now and then but it's been a few years. Some think they are the teratorn - a supposedly extict giant bird that stood about 6 to 8 feet tall with a wingspan of upwards of 30 feet. There was a sighting in Alaska back in 2001/2002 aand in Illinois as well as Texas. I'm looking for recent ones.
Chriswin2010   posted:5/30/2010 1:45:07 PM  (Reply)
I am from Michigan and I seen a very large bird one time that probably had a wingspan over 7 feet and was twice the size of a buzzard, this is not an exaggeration, what I saw was literally big enough to kill an adult human... It flew in from the west heading east and landed on a very large hill in my back yard...http://img693.imageshack.us/i/17521229.png/ http://img689.imageshack.us/i/37837275.png/ 
Chriswin2010   posted:5/30/2010 1:49:27 PM  (Reply)

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Chriswin2010  posted:5/30/2010 1:45:07 PM  (Reply)
I am from Michigan and I seen a very large bird one time that probably had a wingspan over 7 feet and was twice the size of a buzzard, this is not an exaggeration, what I saw was literally big enough to kill an adult human... It flew in from the west heading east and landed on a very large hill in my back yard...http://img693.imageshack.us/i/17521229.png/ http://img689.imageshack.us/i/37837275.png/ 
Oh yeah other than the fact that this was the size of a full size human it did not have the features of a bizzard as far as baldness and a visable neck, this had the feather structure that looked more like a raven but was twice the size of a full grown buzzard...
skywatcher330   posted:5/31/2010 11:22:42 AM  (Reply)
Did it have a white ring around it's neck?. when you say the size of a full size human, do you mean when it was standing up, it was as tall as a person?..this is definitely what I'm looking for!..where and when did this happen? 
Chriswin2010   posted:5/31/2010 5:35:38 PM  (Reply)
It happened around 2003, I didn't notice a white ring aroung it's neck but it definitely looked like some kind of mutated freak bird, I would say it's body was the size of a human in mass minus the wings, it looked like the size of a person if they were bending over, but I am not exaggerating, it was 100 feet away from me while I was inside the house, and from that distance it looked very large and I have seen buzzards before, this looked exactly like a mutated raven and did not have the bald features of a buzzard or vulture, it happened in the end of the summer I think at aroun 4 in the afternoon...
Chriswin2010   posted:5/31/2010 5:36:35 PM  (Reply)
It was a massive bird though it would have put up a fight with a full size car at least...
Chriswin2010   posted:5/31/2010 5:45:36 PM  (Reply)
Oh yeah, as I was watching this bird I went through all the types of birds it could have been and the only thing I could think of what it closely resembled was an over sized raven large enough to kill a human, it went back and forth on the hill while I was watching it and it's wingspan did cover a significant part of the hill and continued heading east...
skywatcher330   posted:6/1/2010 9:23:26 AM  (Reply)
what part of Michigan?. and can you remeber the date approximately? .your sighting matches the description of the extinct teratorn. If you google teratorn photos you will see one that archeologists have modeled. I'm thinking about heading down there and tracking this thing if possible. My assumption is that there is a population of these birds that migrate from north west USA to the south east all the way to Mexico. There have been sightings on the east coast as well notably Camden, Maine a few years back. One more thing, when it flew did the wings sag at the ends - did they droop down as it flapped?
Chriswin2010   posted:6/1/2010 11:52:18 AM  (Reply)
The exact date would probably be around 06/2003 and when it was going back and forth on my hill it's wings were sagging but it glided onto the hill but when it was walking around it did look like it was kind of dragging it's wings but I would say the wingspan was well over 7 feet because 7 feet is not actually that large if you think about it... it was in Parma, Michigan, we also have a lot of other odd wildlife here, we also have a outbreaks of mountain lions everywhere and there are a lot of large hilly areas all over michigan, the lakes to sides of Michgan are relatively flat, except for the northern lake, at that lake there are up to 300 foot drop offs, other than these features there is a lot of tree cover. If you were to investigate this area you would probably run into a lot of mountain lions and other things, but in Michigan no one ever really navigates the woods so I am sure something would never be disturbed, there are a lot of vultures and buzzards here, that is how I was able to distinctly seperate the bird  that I seen from those species, the bird I seen was not a normal bird in any respect to it's size, color, and other features that are relative to common birds that size, it was basically a gigantic raven type bird and I was able to see it's beak and eyes and everything, it was all completely black and structured like a mutated raven...
Chriswin2010   posted:6/1/2010 11:54:22 AM  (Reply)
I also had a book on birds handy and as I was looking through it I noticed that the bird I seen was not even in that book, so it was definitely outside what the professional book I had could offer...
skywatcher330   posted:6/1/2010 12:03:25 PM  (Reply)
tHANKS FOR THE INFO. much appreciated! There is an episode of Monster Quest (if you watch the show) dedicated to finding this bird. A hunter has video of possibly one of these birds in flight. Check it out if you can (youtube). Monsetr Quest isn't the best show on TV but this episode was a good one.
Chriswin2010   posted:6/1/2010 3:21:10 PM  (Reply)
Yeah I will check that out, I might look for things like that eventually when I move out of this area...
Rosie   posted:6/3/2010 7:38:44 AM  (Reply)

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skywatcher330  posted:5/23/2010 7:12:48 PM  (Reply)
Hey everyone in Illinois, Alaska, Texas (mainly) and any other state in the union, have you seen any giant birds lately?..let me know. I'm thinking about spending a couple of weeks in the US looking at any recent big bird sitings.
I haven't seen any- but I'm hoping to go to the US with my family in the summer holidays so I'm going to keep a look out then.Go for it and keep me updated Rosie =]
conundrum65   posted:6/13/2010 11:06:44 PM  (Reply)
Saw a peculiar shadow of a bird that stretched across an entire highway here in New Mexico,I realize with the sun overhead that shadows will elongate but this shadow was enormous..I never saw the actual bird but the shadow was unmistakablely avian..


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