Bill Armstrong hears whistles while camping file# 00271


Date: , 1998
Lane county, OR
Nearest town:
McKenzie Bridge
Nearest road:


near Boulder Creek (?)


Description of event: I understand there is a lot of whistle and chirping associated with our big hairy friends. Is anyone out there familiar with bird calls? Especially here in the Pacific North West???

The reason I ask is that I had a bizarre experience about two years ago near the Three Sisters Mountains of the Mckenzie River area in Central Cascades of Oregon. I was camped at a lake we had packed to, next to a closed BSA campsite. We were definitely alone as we had special permission to be there from the BSA and it was off season! It was in May and the snow had finally cleared in most spots and the weather was warming up. Anyway at dusk there was a long series of high pitched gruff, buzzing whistles that we heard adjacent to camp. We had camped close to shore bellow a rise that over looked the lake and our camp. The sound echoed around the lake and were fairly loud. Only three of the six of us heard it. It moved slowly along the bluff back and forth for about 45 minutes. A friend and I went to see what it was and it would move off away from us as we would get closer to the source. It stopped shortly after dark, however it resumed at dawn and got very close to camp. When we felt comfortable to investigate there was no sign of any kind along the animal trail that traversed the ridge. There was a cross path that cut through a thicket that had been recently used by animals. We are all veteran hunters, trackers, and woodsmen and none who heard it could say what it was. It definitely wasn't elk, frogs, or crickets. It was unlike anything we had heard previous or since?

Does anyone know of any reported sightings in that area from 1998 or 99? How about any known bird or animals that would make this sound? I am trying to remain objective about this and not brand it A Bigfoot encounter and have been thinking about it for the last 2 years.

Bill Armstrong Portland, OR

record updated:2007-09-19 00:00:00