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Mawnan Smith is a village to the west of Rosemullion Head, near Famouth in
Then in 1976, two witnesses described an abnormally large bird resembling a giant owl flying over the tower of the 13th-century parish
Two other young girls on July 3rd also reported seeing the creature.. In the second encounter, 14-year-old Sally Chapman was camping with a friend, Barbara Perry, in woods near the church. According to her account, as she stood outside her tent, she heard a hissing sound and turned to see a figure that looked like an owl as big as a man, with pointed ears and red eyes. Sally described what they had seen: "It was like a big owl with pointed ears, as big as a man. The eyes were red and glowing. At first, I thought that it was someone dressed up, playing a joke, trying to scare us. I laughed at it, we both did, then it went up in the air and we both screamed. When it went up you could see its feet were like pincers"Her friend added some details of her own: "It's true. It was horrible, a nasty owl-face with big ears and big red eyes. It was covered in grey feathers. The claws on its feet were black. It just flew up and disappeared in the trees".
Sightings of this figure continued to be reported on the following day (when it was described as "silvery grey") and on two occasions two years later, in June and August 1978, all within the vicinity of the church
A further alleged sighting took place in 1989, when a young man and his girlfriend claim to have seen a creature "about five feet tall... The legs had high ankles and the feet were large and black with two huge 'toes' on the visible side. The creature was grey with brown and the eyes definitely glowed. The young man called 'Gavin' reported his story like this "We had a torch and I was shining its beam across trunks about fifteen feet off the ground. I am fairly sure that the animal was standing in a large conifer tree. Here is the actual sighting as written down in my diary: 'Every couple of hours we would walk along the fringe of the wood. This was the third time that evening and it was beginning to get dark. From a distance trees looked black but closer up the branches and trunks could be seen. We saw the animal at about 9.30 pm. It was standing on a thick branch with its wings sort of held up at the arms. I'd say that it was about five feet tall . The legs had high ankles and the feet were large and black with two huge 'toes' on the visible side. The creature was grey with brown and the eyes definitely glowed. On seeing us its head jerked down and forwards, its wings lifted and it just jumped backwards.”
Then in 1995 it was seen again by a female student from
The Owlman of Mawnan has been compared with
An explanation for the Owlman sightings could be that it was an escaped eagle owl (Bubo bubo), a species that grows to more than two feet high, and has a wingspan of nearly six feet. Other strange activity was also reported at the same time as the 70’s sightings as with Mothman. So mass or media hysteria or mistaken identity? The people appear to genuinely believe they have seen something extraordinary, so the jury is still out on this one.
More on this see :http://www.cfz.org.uk/features/owlman.htm
Jonathan Downes book on this subject is also very illuminating , the book jacket is at the top of this post. :http://www.amazon.co.uk/Owlman-Others-30th-Anniversary-Expanded/dp/1905723024/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248105421&sr=8-2
A recent sighting of a similar nature in