In a rural neighborhood near Tacoma, in the state of Washington, a family has been dived on by flying creatures very unlike any bird or bat. They have come to call the “batlike” things “monkey birds,” although the creatures have no feathers.
We have seen and heard a strange nocturnal, bat-like creature . . . huge, light grey, skin with no fur, feathers or scales. It silently swoops down at you with giant bat wings . . . There were two of them together [strange flying creatures] and they seemed fearless of me when they swooped down at me more than once and returned way up to the top of the highest trees. I couldn’t get a look at the faces or eyes, mainly the huge grey bat wings approximately [four foot wingspans] are what I could see . . .
We see regular little common bats all of the time after dusk, so we know what they are like. We know owls, hawks, eagles and all of the normal flying creatures around here and these others [the flying creatures with four-foot wingspans] are definitely out of the ordinary.
But pterosaur-like flying creatures are not restricted to the Tacoma area. To the east, in central Washington state, late in 2007, police encountered an eyewitness who reported encountering a “pterodactyl.”
A 29-year-old Wenatchee man told police a pterodactyl caused him to drive his car into a light pole about 11:30 p.m. Thursday . . . When police asked the man what caused the accident, his one-word answer was “pterodactyl,” [Sgt. Cherie] Smith said.
“In [Socorro, New Mexico], me and a close friend . . . were hiking during the midday . . . We both looked up to see . . . a large flying animal . . . It had a 20-30 foot wingspan . . . It had a long tail with [a] seeming spike at the end. Its head was very pterodactyl shape with a fluted back pointy head.”
[In Texas] “Neither my brother or I was prone to being scared by anything outside at night. This night was different . . . We noticed something flying around across the road . . . flying just above the phone lines. It would go one direction, turn, and swoop back. The shape was wrong for any large bird of the area, and the size was much too large to be any bat . . . The wingspan was huge, anywhere from 6-10 feet across.”
For decades, reports of “pterodactyls” in New Guinea . . . were dismissed with the explanation that people were just observing [the fruit bats] Flying Foxes . . .
[Most] eyewitness sightings of apparent-pterosaurs . . . include a description of long tails. An American World War II veteran, Mr. Duane Hodgkinson, described the tail of the “pterodactyl” that he saw: “at least ten to fifteen feet” long. A villager on Umboi Island . . . said the ropen’s tail was seven meters long. A professional psychologist, Brian Hennessy, said that the creature that he saw [also in New Guinea] had “a longish narrow tail.” An Australia couple also saw a creature with a long tail. None of these eyewitnesses saw any feathers; each of them reported a giant creature. Fruit bats do not have long tails.