Birmingham UFO Group Case Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 12/12/2017
On the evening of 28th November 2017 James was relaxing in the bedroom of his family’s house on St Columbus Drive, Rednal, Birmingham. His parents had gone out for a meal so he was the only one in the house at the time.
Aerial map of St Columbus Drive:
At around 9.35pm he happened to glance out of the window. It was a clear evening with only light cloud and the stars visible in the sky. In the distance to the North East he saw a glowing orange orb of light. It was hovering completely motionless quite low in the sky at an angle of about 15 degrees from his position. It was hard to judge how far it was away, but appeared to be a large object quite far away rather than something small and closer. Due to the fact the object was not moving James soon realised it was not an aeroplane. It was not a star as it was an amber orange rather than bright white. It did not look like a helicopter as no other lights were visible on it either flashing or static.
James became interested in what the object could be so began to watch it from his window. He did not have his phone on him to take any photographs or video, it was on the other side of the room. He was initially more concerned with just observing it. However after about 20 minutes he decided he would quickly grab his phone to try and record the object. It took a matter of seconds to cross the room, but when he returned to the window he immediately realised the object was now moving. It was travelling much faster than a plane would cross the sky at, and heading on a level course to the East. Within a matter of 5 seconds it was out of sight before he had a chance to start filming it.
Photograph witness took of the sighting location with the position of the UFO and direction of movement added:
I agree with James’ assumption that the object was not an aircraft or star. A distant helicopter cannot entirely be ruled out, however the speed at which James saw it leave the area doesn’t seem to fit with this explanation. It is very unlikely to have been a Chinese lantern, as it hovered motionless for an extended duration. Also James confirmed that the light was not flickering or changing in brightness at all, something which lanterns tend to do. The time it was hovering for also makes it unlikely to have been a drone. These tend to have white or other coloured lights on them such as red or green. And if it was a drone it seems probable its owner would have flown it around the area rather than left it hovering in one spot for 20 minutes.
It is interesting that the object only moved at the precise moment James went to get his camera. While this could just be a coincidence, it is an observation which is reported time and time again with UFO sightings. If it was an advanced craft of some kind could its occupants have been aware that they were about to be filmed and then left the area on purpose? This may seem improbable considering James was situated quite far away from the object, but cannot be entirely ruled out.
Another sighting of an bright white glowing object occurred on the same night at roughly the same time over Stafford. It appears to have been a different object but it is interesting that it occured around the same time. This is covered in a seperate case report.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2017