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Occurred : 4/15/1996 21:00 (Entered as : 04/15/1996 21:00)
Reported: 6/2/2004 7:37:57 PM 19:37
Posted: 6/4/2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Shape: Other
Duration:one minute
"twinkling" points of light seen above LA, one darting Westbound

My girlfriend and I were Westbound on Sunset in a car with a girlfriend of hers. As we parked on the North side of the street in front of a club whose name I don't remember a young man rushed out to us exclaiming "do you see those UFO's" or something to that effect. We all walked into the outdoor courtyard of this club and directly overhead was a small number (maybe 7 or 8) of "points of light". I hesitate to think of this as a "UFO" sighting simply because I saw no "objects". The points of light seemed to be white in color and very small, occupying perhaps the same minutes (or seconds) of angle as most stars. Yet they were clearly not stars as they were continuously moving in a sort of "cluster" and seemed to appear and disappear as though ascending and decending. During the encounter my girlfriend (who had lived in LA some years previously) kept shouting "Those are birds!". After what may have been only a few seconds or as much as a minute the lights ceased to appear while one of them moved generally Westbound at what I perceived would have been a high rate of speed. Frankly I hesitate to clog the database with a "sighting" that is not particularly anomalous. Being nighttime I had no teresterial background to judge distance or size by. The points of light were very small and no detail of any "structure" or even "reflective surface" was visible. There were no attendant sounds that I heard. Given that LA has enormous "light pollution" I find the bird hypothesis likely (birds riding "thermals" could account for the twinkling in and out of the light sources) though I have never seen such a display before or since. I hesitate to think of myself as having had a UFO sighting simply because the experience was odd, but not that odd. There was simply too little visual data for me to be "blown away" by the experience.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))