Monday, July 30, 2012

Strange flying creature seen near Delano

Searching one of my favorite sites for weird and strange tales I ran across a creature sighting near the small town of Delano.

The creature is described as having a bat like body with a head similar to that of a crow and covered completely in feathers. Witnesses estimated it to be about three feet tall and about the size of a large dog (between 40 and 60 pounds). It's been seen mostly near Avenue 8 between Delano and Richgrove for the past seven months or so.

Locals also think that it may be eating stray dogs as many mutilated carcasses have been found in the area with feathers similar to that seen on the creature found next to it.

As to what this creature could be, I don't know. I wish there was a description of the wing span, not the height of the creature, as that could help explain things more. My first thought is it's just nothing more than a vulture, but the description is a bit different. That and I don't think a vulture would leave feathers as it's head and neck are featherless to begin with.

So this had me thinking about a story I wrote about sometime ago of another large flying creature spotted in the Central Valley, this time in Fresno. This sighting was of a large bird like creature with a 12 foot wing span seen flying over Fresno. Could this creature and the one seen in Delano be somehow related?

To be honest I think the creature is just a misidentification of a regular bird (perhaps a hawk) and not some strange dog eating creature roaming the country side. As for the feathers found by the dogs, could be any type of bird. Crows are scavengers and the feathers could be from them.

Or I could be completely wrong and there is some unknown creature flying around the country side in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for anything else regarding these sightings.


Anonymous said...

Two weeks ago i was floating down the kings river, almost to reedley. As i was floating i was looking up and someone in my party started yelling about something in the trees. As i looked towards where they were pointing somthing strange shot out of the tree and in to the air. It was black with bat like wings, i was probablly 50 feet away from the tree while this was happening, so i didnt get the best view, but it was covered in what looked like feathers but had4-5 foot wingspan and howled like a a howler monkey. what i rember most was how fast it was. as soon as it shot out of the tree it hovered for a second then shot away from the river like a bullet out of a gun. im not sure if this is related to whats in delano, but i thought id mention it.

Anonymous said...

This is so strange as last Friday in NW Fresno at my home, I saw something similar. It was August 10th between 8:30-9pm I was in my pool in the backyard. I was just floating around looking at the stars in the sky as I saw something fly over the house. It appeared to be about the same size as my large 65lb dog. It was black, with a nose/face similar to a wild boar. It had a short curled horns, that started from the top and curled back over the face. It's wings started mid-body and with a span of about 4 feet.It flew over the house and disappeared behind some evergreen trees. It happened so fast and left me scratching my head. I've never seen anything like it before. It was just creepy!

The Hub said...

Hey Mike, I just received an email about a sighting listed on your blog. I am reposting.

I was reading your blog on a flying creature in Delano. It was describe as doglike with a raven's head and a 12ft wing span. I think I can positively identify the cryptid in question. I grew up in the Mojave Desert so Ive seen my fair share of strange looking creatures. If you are ever driving on H near the road that leads to Edwards Airfoce Base. you will from time to time see a dog sized bird with a 9ft wingspan but they are simply Condors. they look very much like dogs when they are sitting hunched on the ground, and with low visibility conditions the wings appear very bat-like. the heads can look like a raven's depending upon variation. I rember the first time I saw one and it looked just like the description.

Michael said...

I thought it might be a condor as well given the size that was described. Problem is that the California Condor isn't native to this part of California, but the southern part. On the other hand there are only 405 in existence with about 226 living in the wild so it could be possible one "wandered" up here. But each bird is tracked electronically so you'd think it would be monitored. Who knows.

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

I just stumbled on your blog! I happen to work in Delano, and my wife is always interested in ghost stories, so I found all your info very interesting, that, and it's not often you hear references to Richgrove! I've never seen a flying dog, but it's something else when all the crows come to town!!

Anonymous said...

This sounds sort of similar to the way the Ahool is described.

Anonymous said...

It's a California condor