Big Bird is the name given to a large unidentified birdlike creature spotted several times in the woods near Marquette, Michigan.


  • 1990

I attended Michigan Technological University in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and played soccer for the school. On a particular weekend in 1990, the team was traveling from MTU to Northern Michigan which is located in Marquette, about 2 hours away. The area is very sparsely populated and heavily forested. I happened to be glancing out the van window when something in the tree caught my eye, and I really couldn't believe what I had just seen. It was a HUGE bird, that looked like an eagle, but was grayish in color and much larger than any eagle I have ever seen (I am very familiar with both Bald and Golden, and have never seen one even close to this size). Because it was in a tree, I couldn't say exactly how large the bird was, but I would venture to guess that it was similar in size to that reported in the story. I asked if anybody else in the van had seen it, but nobody was paying much attention, so I just assumed it was one of those "unique" experiences

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