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Rare Sightings Far and Few

Updated on June 1, 2014


July 1952 photograph
July 1952 photograph | Source

It is good to keep an open mind.

Rare sightings are not always of rare things. Just because we don’t see them, doesn’t mean they are rare. It simply means, we did not see them often. Environment and climate both play a factor in what we see. Our own eyes can fool us. It is good to keep an open mind to help us understand what we are seeing or if we saw what we think we saw.

Ghost and UFOs fit the description well as to wondering what it was we saw or if our eyes are playing tricks on us. We tend to believe the encounter when others see the same thing we see. Just because something is not seen by the majority doesn’t mean it is not real, it only means it is a rare sight.




How often do we see a four leaf clover? Some people are gifted with an eye to find them easily, but for most of us it is a rare occasion. The odds would be very slim that a large clover patch did not have several four leaf clovers. The four leaf clover is a symbol of good luck for those inclined to be superstitious.

Now just how often do you see a black cat cross the road in front of you? You are spared the chance of getting bad luck should the incident occur. Rare occasions can be a good thing if you are inclined to believe in such things.

Solar Flare


Some sightings are rare, but not uncommon ones.

A shooting star occurs often, yet some people have never seen one. Most people are not even looking for one, but when they do catch a glimpse of a shooting star they are usually amazed by the experience. Among various groups it is said that shooting stars otherwise known as falling stars are good luck and one should make a wish if they see one.

The mass universe is the source of an overwhelming number of rare sightings. Comets traveling through space at such intervals to only be seen by earth dwellers every so many years are extremely rare. Some comets orbit the sun only every couple of hundred years leaving near earth sightings very limited. Haley’s comet was seen in 1986 and Hale-Bop in 1997, they both left a trail of meteor showers as they passed. They gave those interested a chance to study them in detail before they were gone out of sight.

The sun has its own rare sightings and it is not just sunshine penetrating an otherwise gloomy day. Sunspots, sun flares, and auroras (Northern Lights) caused by solar storms are rare sightings but are not uncommon ones. These storms will cause disturbances in radio waves.

This is the first Robin I saw this year, 2014.

Even though he was not camera friendly, I was excited to see him as I am every year.
Even though he was not camera friendly, I was excited to see him as I am every year. | Source

Birds often show up in unexpected habitats.

The first Robin in the spring is a rare sight for those waiting a long harsh winter just to catch a glimpse of one. Going forward into the warmer months Robins are seen by the hundreds and the sighting is far from rare.

Bird watchers are always looking to see a feathered friend that seldom shows themselves around people. The red headed Piloted woodpecker lives in the deep woods of North America and do not migrate but rather they stay retained to a certain area not venturing far from its home range. A sighting of one of these large birds is a special one. Take a picture if you can, because it may be your only chance. A rare sighting should be shared.

Seasons change and birds are good at predicting how much time is left of each one. Migrating birds especially give us accurate warning on when we should be preparing for winter. Everyone gets excited to see them return. If you have ever heard the sound of honking geese you know the pleasure is rare and only is heard when the seasons are changing.

The Piloted Woodpecker of North America

This guy was seen near my home.  It was the first I had ever seen one up close.
This guy was seen near my home. It was the first I had ever seen one up close. | Source

More Rare Sightings

Albino means “of a white color lacking pigment in the skin and having blue or pink eyes or sometimes a deep red iris.” Albino animals are something not often seen. Birds and fish can also have an Albino in their species. There are even humans with this condition.

The Walking Stick is an unusual insect that resembles a tiny stick. It could be its ability to blend in with its surroundings is why we seldom see one. Insects are prone to be snatched up by birds, but this fellow may be safe.

Animals bearing more than one head or extra limbs are rare. The most of them do not live long. Museums house such animals in their exhibits to prove the existence of such a being. It must have been an interesting undertaking for the taxidermist who prepared the creature for display. Calling this a rare sighting is an understatement because most are only seen if the specimen is preserved for future generations. It is not likely many get to see the creature while it is still alive.

There are people born with extra fingers or toes and many may still have them as adults. Most extra fingers or toes however have been surgically removed when they were infants. It is a rare sighting to see someone with these deformities as an adult.

Albino Deer


Spanish Walking Stick


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