Riverside, California 2020-10-22 14:13:13 –
Imagine one night walking down the street with bright and dark trees overhead.
Suddenly, you can see a shadow plummeting overhead, but it’s too big to be a bat or a bird.
And is it the human face you see?
That’s the story Robstown police began hearing in the fall of 1975.
In October of that year, police officers began receiving calls about birds. The monster bird, the caller said.
The explanation is reminiscent of La Rechuza. The direct translation of lechuza into English is “owl”, but La Lechuza is more than that. La Lechuza is a legendary creature of Mexican folklore. It can usually be transformed into an owl, but is described as a burja, or witch, who holds her human face and hair. Some say she’s the size of a normal owl, while others say she’s the size of a human.
However, the article does not mention the mere monster bird, La Rechuza. Some reports of the Robstown Beast described it as 2 feet high, about 6 feet high. When the human face was mentioned, some said it was the face of a man, while others said it was the face of a woman. Some have said that creatures have human paws and other animal paws, but no one has reported the same type of animal.
But all agreed on one point. It had a bird anatomy and was flying around Robstown. Witnesses were concentrated in the woodlands west of the town near Bosquez Street and Love Road.
However, after that, the TV station carried out some of the rumors and the sightings stopped. Robstown police told the media.
The banquet, then Alice, showed some more sightings. By January 1976, residents of the valley had reported sightings of large birds.
Two police officers, San Benito, found a bird with a wingspan of 10 to 12 feet flying over the lagoon. The radio station provided a $ 1,000 reward for a live capture of the “Big Bird.” Alberico Guajardo of Brownsville said he heard noise outside the mobile home. When he went out to check, he faced a tall bird about four feet tall. It had a long beak and big eyes, about the size of a silver dollar, and its face was more like a bat than a bird.
“That animal is not of this world. I was scared,” he told reporters.
Dr. Don First of Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville gave a more mundane explanation. It sounded like the Andean Condor, a South American bird that can have a wingspan of 10 feet, but it’s no wonder how it reached South Texas. Others claimed it was a heron or even whooping crane, and it probably attacked some men.
There was also a ballad about birds produced through Freddie Records. “El Pajaro Gigante de Robe” recorded by Los Campeones de Raul Ruiz.
But the Robstown police laughed at the end. After witnessing the valley, Det. Robstown Police Melvin Arnold has invited photographers to see big birds roosting inside the police station since the fall. During the original newscast, Arnold received a call from some children that a bird had been witnessed.
“Many kids repaired this big bird dummy, hung it on a tree and called the police. We went out there, got it and took it to the police station.” There were no sightings.
It’s not as exciting as La Lechuza or the whimsical Andean Condor.
Allison Ehrlich writes about what to do in South Texas and has a weekly Throwback Tuesday column on local history. Check out subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe to support such local coverage