Date: Tuesday, 26 Nov 2005
Animal Reaction Feature:
At about 1:30 AM on a calm clear night, a man and his wife heard their flock of turkeys reacting in an alarmed manner as if a predator were in the area [no information about whether the turkeys were in a coop or in an outside pen.—jw] Looking out, they saw an orange-red hemisphere or domed disc at an elevation of about 60 degrees from the horizon [no other distances estimated, although the Skylook editor implies this was a light high in the sky—jw]. The object flew to the NW with a swinging motion from side-to-side. Duration of the sighting was estimated as 3-4 minutes.
No sound was reported. Witnesses suggested the clamor of the turkeys prevented them from hearing any sound. No EM effects and no physiological effects reported. [Duration of the turkeys’ response was not reported.—jw]
Source: Skylook, no. 23, October 1969 (copied below):
UFO Scares Turkeys
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (real name in our files) were awakened about 1:30 in the morning of August 31st by an alarm given by their flock of turkeys, and they rushed to the bedroom window to see if some predator was attacking the birds. To their surprise, they saw a round, orange-red object moving across the sky at two o’clock position, considering 12 o’clock to the directly overhead.
Mrs. Smith, who was interviewed by your editor, said the object was about the size of a volleyball, as compared to the size of the full moon, and it was almost flat across the bottom and rounded over the top. They could observe no other lights or distinguishing features and there was no smoke or vapor trail. The object remained in view for three or four minutes and it seemed to swing from side to side “like if you hit a ball hanging on a string” as it moved in a north-westerly course. There was no sound—however, the Smiths did not go outside and the clamor set up by the turkeys would have covered any lesser sound. The night was calm with stars shining.
The Smiths live about seven miles from Stover , Mo., off Highway 135. They are not certain the glowing object was the cause of the turkeys’ fright, but there seemed to be nothing else in the vicinity to account for it.
It is known that dogs can hear high pitched sounds that human ears cannot, and we wonder if this is also true of fowls. It doesn’t seem that a high, moving light would alarm the birds, but a sound could. Can any of our readers offer information on this score?
. [The hearing range of turkeys is restricted to a range within that of humans, although they may have been at an advantage being outside of the house in terms of hearing any sound from the object. If the object was actually high in the sky, it does seem odd the turkeys reacted to it—jw]