San Benito in particular seemed a hotbed for Big Bird reports. Many residents of the La Paloma Colonia have heard of the creature they call the demon bird. “As a child I heard it one Christmas eve, really Christmas day at 1 o’clock in the morning,” said Cantu, now 50. “It made more and more noise so my grandfather went out and cussed it. … It was a strange noise, like a couple of cats, like one voice mixed with another voice.”
As a child in San Benito, Cantu had heard of the bird, but he was surprised by its size and that it showed no fear of guns or dogs. The bird Cantu saw seemed to stand about 8 feet tall and was solid black, although parts of its body seemed to reflect more light. It was stood vertically with stooped shoulders.
“With the face I thought I was looking at a skeleton, but it was the eyes and nose (of a skull),” he said. “It did not flap its wings, it just glided.”
Alex Resendez, 66, saw the creature three times in the 1970s. Twice he caught fleeting glimpses of the beast over Brownsville, and the third time, he saw it in broad daylight near his rural McCook area home.
?I never seen a bird that big,? he said. ?He was brownish, like dirt. … He does not have long legs and does not stand like other birds.?
What struck him most were the bird?s large eyes that shone like black glass, with red markings underneath. The beak was also peculiar.
“You have to look close because his beak is very transparent,” Resendez said. “If you see it real fast, you’re going to think he ain’t got no beak.”
In all, the brown bird seemed to stand over 4 feet tall. After being spooked by a charging bull, the bird spread its large wings and pushed off the ground with its feet.
“He was very swift, very nice, like a glider,” Resendez said. “This bird, he never flaps his wings.” The wing underside was surprisingly colorful to Resendez, appearing with blue and white stripes. “It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” – bherald
Related to the Mothman perhaps?