ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. — An electrician in Bartow County on Monday said he and his sister came across a large bird they were not able to immediately identify.
Clifford McLure, a 54-year-old Adairsville resident, told Cryptozoology News that the event took place on March 10 at about 2:00 p.m. near his town.
“I was flying the remote control airplane, it was about 400 feet,” he said. “A large bird flew out over tree tops going North about level with the airplane,” he added.
McLure believes the airplane startled the bird as it flew close by.
“It turned left 90 degrees and let out a loud scream and continued flying West.”
The Georgian claimed that the rare sighting took about 6 minutes and provided a physical description of the alleged creature, although he did not present a photograph.
“The remote control has a wingspan of 14 inches. The bird’s wingspan was 6 or 7 times wider than the plane’s, the wing flaps were nearly one second in duration,” he specified, adding that the animal exhibited “black raggedy feathers” and an 11-inch straight beak.
“It also had a long straight neck.”
But according to McLure, he was not the only one witnessing the strange creature. His sister was also reportedly able to take a look at it.
“After landing the RC, I ran into the house to get my sister to show her. When we got back outside, you could still see the bird flying west away from us.”
In August 2015, a man in Michigan claimed to have seen a “giant bird” with a 10-foot wingspan.
In July 2015, two people in Nevada reported seeing a creature that reminded them of a pterosaur, a flying reptile believed to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago.
Two weeks later, a minister and her daughter claimed to have seen an unidentified flying creature that looked like it was “straight out of Jurassic Park”.
In 1890, Arizona newspaper The Tombstone Epitaph wrote about two ranchers killing a “winged monster” similar to an “alligator” in the desert between the Whetsone and Huachuca mountains.
Thunderbird, also known as Roc, is the nomenclature used by Native Americans to refer to bird-like creatures with reptile features that are believed to be related to the extinct pterosaurs.
The city of Adairsville is located northwest of metro Atlanta and has a population of 5,000.