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Thunderbirds Spotted over Illinois! (Not the airplanes)

  Author: 62141  Category:(Mysterious) Created:(6/19/2003 5:21:00 AM)
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Sightings of strange birds have not ended in Illinois and in fact continue today. One of the most exciting, and frightening, Illinois encounters occurred in 1977 in Lawndale, a small town in Logan County. On the evening of July 25, two giant birds appeared in the sky above Lawndale. The birds were reported several times as they circled and swooped in the sky. Finally, they headed straight down and reportedly attacked three boys who were playing in the backyard of Ruth and Jake Lowe. One of the birds grasped the shirt of ten-year-old Marlon Lowe, snagging its talons into the cloth. The boy tried in vain to fight the bird off then cried loudly for help.

The boy’s cries brought Marlon’s mother running outside. She later reported that she had seen the bird actually lift the boy from the ground and into the air. She screamed loudly and the bird released the child. It had carried him, at a height of about three feet, for a distance of about forty feet. She was sure that if she had not come outside, the bird had been capable of carrying the boy away. Luckily, although scratched and badly frightened, Marlon was not seriously injured.

Four other adults appeared on the scene within seconds of the attack. They described the birds as being black in color, with bands of white around their necks. They had long, curved beaks and a wingspan of at least 10 feet. The two birds were last seen flying toward some trees near Kickapoo Creek.

A second version of the Lawndale event is as follows:

July 25, 1977 Lawndale Illinois it was around 8:30 p.m. when Marlon Lowe a 10 year old boy was running for his life. He was playing with two friends in his family back yard when suddenly out of no where two huge black birds came out of the sky and began pursuing one of Marlons friends Travis Goodwin happily, Travis managed to escape by jumping into the swimming pool. Then the two switched there attention to Marlon. Marlon ran away as fast as he could but it was not fast enough. As he w as running he felt the talons of one of the birds grip the shoulder straps of his sleeveless shirt. Next the boy weighing 65 lb. was lifted of the ground 10 ft. Screaming and shouting at the top of his lungs as the bird easily carried him 40 ft. through the air from the back yard to the front yard. His parents Ruth and Jake Lowe heard the screaming and ran out side so did two family friends working near by Ruth was the first to see this horrific sight that would froze her blood. There her son was being abducted by a huge black bird resembling a Condor, punching up at its legs with all his might as his feathered kidnapper carried him aloft. Seconds later however, one of his punches must have hit home, because the bird suddenly opened his talons and dropped him to the ground before souring away with its mate. The four adults ran to the boy and discovered to there relief that except for a frayed shirt where the bird had grabbed him Marlon was physically ok. This is just one of the many bizarre accounts on file featuring encounters in North America with giant birds. Birds that should be impossible but yet seem to exist. In the case of Marlon Lowe he and his parents said the bird most closely resembled a Andean Condor, a black vulture like species with a wing span up to 10 ft. this species however is not native to North America. There is however a smaller version called the California condor which was once widely distributed across North America but by 1977 was virtually extinct in either case the structure of the condors feet in incapable of lifting and transporting anything as heavy as a ten year old boy.

Three days later, a McLean County farmer spotted a bird of the same size and description flying over his farm. He, his wife, and several friends were watching radio-controlled airplanes when the bird flew close to the models. He claimed the bird had a wingspan of again, at least 10 feet across. It dwarfed the small planes that buzzed close to it.

The next sighting took place near Bloomington when a mail truck driver named James Majors spotted the two birds. He was driving from Armington to Delevan when she saw them alongside of the highway. One of the birds dropped down into a field and snatched up a small animal. He believed the two birds were probably condors, but with 8 to 10 foot wingspans!

On July 28, Lisa Montgomery of Tremont was washing her car when she looked up and saw a giant bird crossing the sky overhead.

At 2:00 AM on Saturday, July 30, Dennis Turner and several friends from Downs reported a monstrous bird perched on a telephone pole. Turner claimed that the bird dropped something near the base of the pole. When police officers investigated the sighting, they found a huge rat near the spot.

Reports of giant birds continued to come in from Bloomington and the north central Illinois area, then finally further south, from Decatur to Macon and Sullivan. On July 30, the same day the birds were reported near Bloomington, a writer and construction worker named "Texas John Huffer" filmed two large birds while fishing at Lake Shelbyville. Huffer was a resident of Tuscola and was spending the day with his son when they both spotted the birds roosting in a tree. Huffer frightened the birds with his boat horn and when they took flight, he managed to shoot over 100 feet of film. He sold a portion of the footage to a television station in Champaign for a newscast. Huffer said that the largest bird had a wingspan of over 12 feet.

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I'm not going to Illinois!

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Date: 6/19/2003 5:27:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 62141    Here is the link to the site where I found this piece while searching for info on the Thunderbird of Indian lore.
Date: 6/19/2003 5:42:00 AM  From Authorid: 24673    Thanks for the post, this is very interesting, exciting and somewhat creepy.  
Date: 6/19/2003 6:08:00 AM  From Authorid: 15157    Hey I have heard of these encounters with these huge birds!...I wish I could see one and take a picture of them!...I heard they are called Thunderbirds because they like riding on the front of storms with the air currants!  
Date: 6/19/2003 7:30:00 AM  From Authorid: 57404    LOL I won't be going to Illinois either! God Bless  
Date: 6/19/2003 7:55:00 AM  From Authorid: 35720    Wow, great post.. very interesting! I would really like to see one of these creatures.  
Date: 6/19/2003 8:01:00 AM  From Authorid: 35825    Wow!! This is very interesting and CREEPY!! I would love to see a pic of one!  
Date: 6/19/2003 8:07:00 AM  From Authorid: 35720    I also enjoyed the link.. thanks!  
Date: 6/19/2003 8:47:00 AM  From Authorid: 58611    Yep I am staying away from there!  
Date: 6/19/2003 9:09:00 AM  From Authorid: 3538    It sounds like the LeChusa or something. Very strange indeed!  
Date: 6/19/2003 9:53:00 AM  From Authorid: 8726    well, I grew up in IL I know that story all to well, in fact I have a book called haunted Illinois that has that story there. I left IL 2 years ago and im going back this summer to see my family and friends. This could get interesting.  
Date: 6/19/2003 11:31:00 AM  From Authorid: 61472    omg i wanna see them! i bet they're realli purty lol but i would be pretty scared if they picked me up i better beware!  
Date: 6/19/2003 11:31:00 AM  From Authorid: 55021    ahhh! i live in IL! i hope i don't get carried away!! eeeep! if i do get carried away or if a thunderbird tries to snatch me, i'm gonna punch it too. lol...  
Date: 6/19/2003 11:36:00 AM  From Authorid: 61472    i wanna be eatin by the bird! it'll be soo cool lol  
Date: 6/19/2003 11:55:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 62141    I'd like to think that not everything that is supposed to be extinct is; but rather, there are at least some remaining examples of thegreatest animals. The California Condor (wingspan of roughly 9-10 feet) is supposedly our biggest bird now, but there used to be birds that were much, much bigger. Of course, I've always thought it would be cool if a dinosaur or dragon showed up. Long as it didn't invade my space, at least.
I'm sure the Thunderbird did ride the thermals, but supposedly the sound of their wings flapping sounded like thunder also. Best I can tell, we have no Thunderbirds on my place...Although I have a new baby hawk near my house, and I saw a wild turkey yesterday. LOL
Date: 6/19/2003 2:06:00 PM  From Authorid: 55021    gobble gobble! lol..  
Date: 6/19/2003 4:46:00 PM  From Authorid: 56971    wow that is really weird where do these birds come from
Date: 6/19/2003 8:41:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 62141    LOL @ Bubbles! The question of where they come from really intrigues me. If we could get them to live in whatever is left of the old growth forest that would probably slow down the guys with the saws! If I was that size I'd wanta live in the giant redwoods or Sequoias.
Date: 6/20/2003 12:56:00 AM  From Authorid: 19901    I read about those here on this site. I went and found it. http://unsolvedmysteries.com/usm326057.html  
Date: 1/15/2008 2:15:00 AM  From Authorid: 19871    lol this link is linked from wikipedia xD http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbird_%28cryptozoology%29  

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