Three Canadian friends are standing on a balcony at night when they observe a massive bird on top of the willow tree. Because of the immense size, the witness wonders if it is a Thunderbird.
I received the following account:
“Hi. I live in Canada in the province of Ontario in the city of Mississauga. The incident took place mid-December 2011 around 2:30 AM and it was shaping up to be a very green Christmas as there wasn’t snow on the ground at that time. My brother, a close friend, and I were on my balcony as I lived on the mid-upper floor of an apartment building.
As we’re standing there I see this dark black silhouette moving on top of the willow tree which is on the building property. As I see this silhouette fluttering on the top crown canopy of the willow I grab my brother’s and friend’s attention asking them if they can make out what I’m seeing. I first thought it was a big black tarp being animated by the wind flow. Once all three of us locked into what we were seeing, the wings, a neck, and the structure of the bird became very apparent. This thing seemed very restless as it kept pacing around the top canopy of the willow. During this time cell phones had poor night support cameras as I’m sure many of you might remember. Trying to take videos at night with an iPhone 3GS, Blackberry Bold, LG, and early Androids, especially if zoomed in, you were left with horrible grainy rubbish. We tried to capture it on camera from my balcony which yielded the previously mentioned results.
All three of us ran down to the ground floor. The mere presence of this animal keeps your soul frozen. It’s like you can’t fathom something like this being thrown to you visually. It was that moment that led me to discover what a natural high is in this world. My brother and our friend made it about 6 feet away from the door that leads out from the building, these guys weren’t mentally prepared for something like this as they both tripped over each other while keeping their eyes glued to it. This animal was quite frightening especially when you have to come to terms with the reality you now share with it, knowing it’s living and breathing as you are.
I chose to proceed closer to the tree until I got about 5 feet from it. I couldn’t approach any closer as it shrieked a sound so intimidating and loud it sounded like an eagle on steroids but much deeper and sharper in terms of its pitch. I distinctly remember it going into a crouched position with its tail up and its head charging downwards with its wings halfway opened and curled upwards. This bird is all black with some red feathering near the face. I never felt that specific feeling of fear before.
I ran back toward my brother and friend the bird continued to get more restless and aggressive. It literally flapped its wings and hopped to the next building which is about 4 stories high while the willow is about 7 stories and the distance between both places is less than 15 feet. It paced around there agitated then flew off again and disappeared. The wing span was definitely 20 feet easily and it was about 8-10 feet tall.
I was lucky enough to share it with 2 others. We told a few of our other friends and surprisingly they believed us. I became really obsessed with finding answers, I even thought about calling the avian people who oversee the birds and wildlife at the zoo but didn’t want them to think we were crazy/lying.
I have wondered since that night if this was an actual Thunderbird. Whatever it was I’ll never forget the experience.” C
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