I was doing my daily websurf, saw something about a cryptid, and then remembered something I meant to share here a long while ago but unintentionally
put off because of other obligations. This wont be a thread about 'this article says they're REAL, this one says they're FAKE!', this is just my
own experience and literal shock as you will read below.
I live in West Virginia and had a friend come out from Chicago to visit me. This was towards the end of January, 2013 so 3 months ago. I was taking
her over to a friend's house who lives on the fringe of Harper's Ferry, so there was lots of fields, copses of trees, and mountains in the far
Anyhoo.. I'm driving down this country road and I notice 3 BIG dark shapes on the other side of the fence to my right and as I pass, I'm blinking
and muttering 'Thats at least 4 feet, 5 feet? No way, 4 ft.. I dont know. DAMN, do you see that!?' at her. Crazy. Note: That was just them standing
there, not wingspan. These things were .. huge.
I drove for MAYBE 5 more seconds before I busted a U-turn. My thoughts were 'I now have this awesome story.. oh HELL no, I will try to get
pictures.' So I drive back slow and stop for just a second. Now, the funny thing is I'm not the only one who noticed. Two cars in the oncoming lane
were also stopped and staring at these giant birds. I honked my horn because I wanted one to flap it's wings for size observation, and my friend was
using her iphone to take pictures.
I kept telling myself, do not overestimate because you THINK they're that big. So a conservative eyeball, knowing how far away each one was.. The
wingspan was at least 8-10 feet.
In the pictures below, you can see one in the foreground that's probably 20? Maybe 25 feet away from me and it still looks like a monster. It's also
standing near a deer carcass/skeleton for size comparison. I think they were actually eating it and my shenanigans caused them to get flustered and
Anyhow, I know Thunderbirds are supposed to be enormous and Golden Eagles are no small fries themselves, but there was one glaring difference that I
can't stop thinking about. If you look up GE pictures, the bodies seem to match.. the but the face doesn't. These almost look like vultures, except
they're not as ugly.
The Black Vulture was a consideration, but their general wingspan is only 5ft. These things BODIES were almost 5 ft, let alone their wingspan.
I'm off from work today and had my friend send me the photos from her phone.
The red circle is around the skeletal remains of what I presume to be a deer. Thats what originally threw me off was that I could see a skeleton that
had to be either a horse or a deer, and could size-compare with the bird sitting there. It was awesome.
avg 3ft to 7.5ft in length. In these pics, which are
obnoxiously small for this purpose, it's hard to judge how far away I may or may not have been. I was on the opposite side of the road, there was a
5ft or so break between road and fence, and then a good 10ft fence to the skeleton. and the bird a couple feet from that.
You can see the one from the first picture in the background taking off and it's wingspan is almost as long as the deer, which is in the foreground.
That'd have to be a pretty big wingspan!
Now, I just bring this up here because it was an intense moment and I do
have photos, so here's the sharing moment. Whether truly massive
Golden Eagles or small Thunderbirds (most likely not), it's always fun to imagine.. and I cant stress enough, these birds were big enough that I
stopped and turned around to gawk!
Thanks for reading!