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Revealing Illinois' giant birds of '77

Posted on Monday, 9 October, 2006 | Comment icon 7 comments

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"The summer of 1977 was chaotic for central Illinois news media."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by SG7 on 9 October, 2006, 15:25
It most of been the Piasa Bird. I know it does not look like it but that what mite of started the Piasa Bird bird story.
Comment icon #2 Posted by frogfish on 9 October, 2006, 22:09
The Piasa bird is a myth It's most likely an escaped condor. I don't believe in the attacks though.
Comment icon #3 Posted by RollingThunder06 on 10 October, 2006, 7:11
Strange that there are a number of people seeing this type bird in different locations and then after that one summer no more sightings have been reported.
Comment icon #4 Posted by fangs on 10 October, 2006, 9:27
Escaped from another dimension maybe? Then gathered back up when it was found to be missing. I always wondered about the same thing happening with the Mothman. Also i heard about the same type of stories in the "Mothman chronicals",I think. If i remember right seems the giant bird was seen all over Ohio, Wv,and surrounding states.then disapeared like your bird and the mothman.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Veritas81 on 3 January, 2007, 17:20
The Piasa bird is a myth It's most likely an escaped condor. I don't believe in the attacks though. Yeah, certain Condor's are huge in size and nearly extinct. That would explain why they don't see them often. A bird of prey weighing 30lbs with a mighty wingspan, they may hunt a small child and then realize he's too heavy to fly with for very long like in the article. They can fly like 50mph, so dissapearing to another place is nothing to them.
Comment icon #6 Posted by snuffypuffer on 3 January, 2007, 17:44
The article said at least one of these birds had a crest on it's head. Condors aren't crested, they don't have any feathers on their heads at all. And a 4 foot wingspan isn't out of the ordinary for a big raptor. I'm thinking some kind of eagle.
Comment icon #7 Posted by mojolips on 7 November, 2007, 4:04
back in the 1970s my older brother and sister saw a bird like this in hanover park il. they said it was the size of a private plane and could of picked me up and carried me off... my sister was seriously scared by the event.. in lawndale not that far away .. a sighting as we all know was confirmed... iam am not an expert but i have studied birds of prey and vultures... this bird may fit the deion of a condor.. but that would be far from its territorry... california.. andes.. there is of course a large amount of deer in illinios that could support a bird of this size... lets be m... [More]

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