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Strange bird might have been a pterosaur

By June 27, 2011

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Pterosaur"I was at my sister in-law's house in Matteson, Illinois on June 25, 2011 at approximately 6:30 p.m.," writes Dale, "and we were in the backyard when I saw a large 'bird' flying through the air, kind of slow.

"It caught my attention even more because I noticed that on the back of the bird was a very long, skinny tail with a diamond-shaped tip. Then I noticed it had a very pointy face and his wings were bent inward and each wing had a long point sticking out from it. I couldn't tell if the color of the bird was black or gray.

"It was flying low enough for me to see a really good view of it. I was in shock, so I couldn't get my camera phone out, plus I didn't want to let it out of my sight. This was so amazing to me, and I can't get it out of my head."

What Dale is describing sounds like a pterosaur (see illustration above), which are thought to have died out tens of millions of years ago. Yet there are modern-day reported sightings occasionally.

It is unlikely that Dale saw a living dinosaur flying over his sister-in-law's house. Sometimes frigatebirds are mistaken for these long-extinct creatures. However, without a photo or video, we can neither confirm nor debunk the sighting. One interesting theory suggests that sightings of living dinosaurs are actually the ghosts of dinosaurs!


June 29, 2011 at 10:53 am
(1) Cherie says:

What would a Frigate bird be doing in Matteson, Illinois? According to the about.com, they are seabirds. Granted, Matteson is not that far from Lake Michigan, but sufficiently inland to make your hypothesis unlikely.

Hope he gets a picture next time.

June 29, 2011 at 11:31 am
(2) Leslie B says:

sounds more like a missidentified sandhill crane or great blue heron to me.

June 30, 2011 at 9:34 am
(3) shirley says:

What an amazing thought to think these things could have resurrected. I hope Dale is keeping a vigil in case it appears again.

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