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Two People Spot Dinosaur Bird in Nevada

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — Two people on Thursday said they saw a big reptilian-like bird while driving on the Interstate 80 through Nevada.


Bud Davis, a 54-year-old IT executive from California, told Cryptozoology News he and a relative were driving to Winnemucca when they came upon the unusual sight.

“We noticed the creature in the median of the highway,” he said about the June 11 encounter. “It was about 3 feet off the ground and about 20 feet from our car on the driver side,” he continued.

Davis believes that the animal had just began to take flight right before their vehicle approached at 11 p.m., as it was reportedly having problems getting off the ground.

“It was struggling get enough lift to be able to fly over the car once it saw us. The creature’s wings cleared the front windshield by only inches, so we both saw the thing very clearly as it flew across the front of our vehicle, left to right, and out of sight.”

The man describes the bird as being grey in color and had a long and thin neck. Its head, says Davis, was also thin and pointy with a long beak. He remembers it had a “crest” on the top of its head.

“The body was hump-like, and appeared to be heavy. Thin long legs. The wings were diamond-shaped, and had claws at the end of each wing. A long thin tail. From tip of beak to tip of tail, it was longer than the windshield was wide so we’d estimate the overall length at 4-5 feet. The wing span was wide — when in the open position, the left wing tip was positioned beyond the hood of our vehicle. The bottom half of the right wing was not visible, it was covered by the roof of the car, so we’d estimate the width tip-to-tip to be 6 to 7 feet,” explained Davis.

The IT executive thinks the bird looked like a pterosaur, a flying reptile believed to have lived during the Jurassic and went extinct by the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago.

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 reptile.

In 1890, Arizona newspaper The Tombstone Epitaph reported that two ranchers had allegedly killed a “winged monster”, similar to an “alligator”, in the desert between the Whetsone and Huachuca mountains.

“The article about the pterosaur in particular made me particularly curious. When I looked up some images for those, I realized that is what we had to have seen,” said Davis.

In Late April, a Louisiana man claimed to have seen a similar flying creature he believes was responsible for cow mutilations in 1978.

Next month, another person came forward stating he had seen a dinosaur-like bird at a public park about 50 miles northwest of Tucson in 2002.

In 1927, a similar event reportedly took place in the Australian town of Fernvale when a few giant birds visited the area, causing panic among the town’s residents.

And Davis says that he knows what he saw was real, but the sighting, which lasted 15 seconds, didn’t allow for any picture or video taking.

“Up until this evening I had never heard of a pterosaur before, but the image I looked up is exactly what we saw… It was awesome and frightening at the same time,” he said.

Interstate 80 in Nevada cuts across the Lahontan Valley, a desert some people still refer to as the Forty Mile Desert.

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  1. Alan Lowey

    July 17, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Great sighting. I suspect that the creature just imitates a pterosaur and is really something else altogether.

  2. Prof Reptili

    July 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Not a pterosaur but a “Draco.”

  3. roger murphy

    July 19, 2015 at 10:46 am

    while driving home from work around 2 am. i was driving a vw rabbit 40 mph on rt . 202 as i was just going over the crest of a hill in chalfont , pennsylvania. a huge brown winged bird like flew in front of the windshield . the object completly obstructed my view of the road. i was driving this road at night for 10 years , my home was nearby. there was heavy woods at the time in that area early 1980’s. any one else see some thing like it send e-mail. great owls have the wingspan , but it seamed like it was attacking the auto.

  4. Regina

    July 20, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Hello here is an image more akin to this gentlemans report:


  5. Pokewho

    July 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Is was either a Pokemon or a Pikachu… unless it was a Dragon Ball Z.

  6. daniel clavette

    July 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Wow that is great sighting and me also think that is pterosaur as well.

  7. janie

    August 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Omg, My brother said he saw one years ago in Jackpot NV. It was about midnight when he saw it fly over my house.

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