Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 28th, 2009
Investigator Stan Gordon has filed an overview of the strange things that happened last year in his corner of the world.
Two short sections are about the reports of Thunderbirds and Bigfoot encounters in Pennsylvania.
Giant Bird Sightings
Rick Fisher of the Paranormal Society of Pennsylvania received a report which occurred in February  at a rural location outside of Harrisburg. The driver of a vehicle, who was also an active hunter, saw a huge bird-like creature drop from the trees and approach his vehicle. The man stopped and got out to take a better look at the creature, which seemed to soar or glide without flapping its wings. He hesitantly told Rick that what he saw looked, “prehistoric almost.”
Researcher Jim Brown investigated an incident which occurred on the afternoon of May 20,  on a major roadway in Washington County. Motorists reportedly pulled off the road to watch as a huge dark colored flying creature that looked more like a giant bat than a bird, circled low, and passed over some cars. One witness noticed that the wingspan extended beyond the edges of the two lane highway. One man was seen taking pictures of the giant flying creature. That person has never come forward.
The Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society (PBS) received a report from Warren County in May  that a woman had seen such a creature climb up her lattice and onto her back deck. She watched it from her patio door as it climbed over the railing and departed. In August,  from rural Warren County, I received a report that a man and his son observed a 7 foot tall, hair covered creature with very long swinging arms cross a roadway with very long steps and enter a wooded area.
I also received reports of strange screaming sounds coming from along the Chestnut Ridge near Latrobe. An experienced woodsman came across 18 inch long, five toed footprints, unlike anything he had ever seen before, while hiking in the Forbes State Forest above Rector on August 22, .