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Two Water Treatment Operators Witness ‘Thunderbird’ in Massachusetts

BLANDFORD, Mass. — Two water treatment operators on Monday said they saw a bird so big that they initially thought it was a plane.


Bernie and Norene St. Martin told Cryptozoology News that they were patrolling the Long Pond reservoir in a boat last week when they noticed the unidentified flying creature in plain daylight.

“I first noticed what I thought to be two planes, one large jet flying under a smaller plane. Then I realized that the small plane was a bird,” said 56-year-old Norene.

At that moment, the woman says she pointed out the oddity to her husband Bernie, 64, and that they tried to identify the creature to no avail.

“Its large wings were flapping. It was very large… wide wings and a huge wing span,” Norene added.

The couple said they were able to visually follow the “bird” for 5 to 7 minutes as it flapped its wings flying North. The two water treatment operators did not produce any photographic evidence and have not yet replied to inquiries regarding this matter, but it is suspected that the alleged “giant bird” could have been flying at an altitude too high for a standard phone camera to be able to capture a clear image without the use of a telephoto lens.

“It flew overhead and not once did it ride any thermals. It wasn’t anything that we could identify,” said the woman.

This is the second “giant bird” sighting reported in a month.

In mid-July, a 54-year-old IT executive from California told Cryptozoology News he and a relative came upon a similar creature while driving across the Nevada desert on their way to Winnemucca.


Route 23 in Blandford, Massachusetts. Credit: ToddC4176 under CC BY-SA 3.0

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

Thunderbird 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. It is also known as Roc in the Middle East and Rukh in African countries.

The Long Pond reservoir, holding about 65 million gallons of water, covers 81 acres of Hampden County and is Blandford’s drinking water’s source.

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  1. lewis

    August 4, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Roc is not a Native word, Thunderbird was a giant Eagle that went extinct. I have seen a Harpy Eagle up here which is the largest Eagle in the world and is truly large, size of a small hang glider Although they are not known to be here this sailed about 20 feet over my head so was unmistakeable.

    • Norene St.Martin

      September 20, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Lewis, I was just reading your reply to our sighting on the large bird . You talk about a Harpy Eagle, I will have to google this to get a picture of it . Where did you have your sighting ?

  2. PAT

    August 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I often wonder when I hear about these sightings if the Washington’s eagle maybe didn’t go extinct.

  3. SpookySr

    December 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I get up to Blandford a lot. I am from southern NJ. What they probably saw was the common “cathartes aura”. The wingspan can close to to 75 inches (or 6 feet). They don’t look that big until they come down to the ground and they are huge. If one was flying low over the reservoir looking for carrion then this is what they saw. It could have been a freak too. It might have been bigger. I’m surprised they only saw one. They are very ugly and scary up close. But no danger to humans, Unless provoked of course.

  4. Myke

    September 17, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I seen it! In southbridge, Ma

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