|Occurred : 8/20/1988 23:00 (Entered as : 8/20/1988 23:00)
Reported: 12/4/2006 8:15:09 PM 20:15
Location: Farmington, NM
|Slow moving yellow/orange colored lights above Crouch Mesa
I was by myself, night fishing at Farmington lake for catfish. I was fishing from the east side of the dam.
I had been sitting for quite a while without a bite so I anchored my pole with rocks and walked up to the top of the dam to stretch my legs and look around.
I looked toward the south/southeast over crouch mesa and observed 6 lights that appeared to be hovering a few hundred feet above the mesa approximately 2 to 3 miles away. The lights were yellow/orange, identical in color to sodium vapor street lights. They were in a straight line, at the same altitude, and fairly evenly spaced. The light on the left most side was much larger and brighter than the other 5, which were of the same brightness.
At first I thought that they could have been street lights, but I could clearly see the mesa top and the lights were much too high to be street lights. I also thought that they could be helicopters, but there were no helicopter sounds.
As I watched, the large light moved east a short distance and stopped, then the smaller lights moved to catch up with the big light, one at a time. This caterpillar like movement continued for several minutes. The movements were short. At the distance that they appeared to be from me, I would estimate each movement to be 200 to 300 yards with a 15 to 20 second interval between movements.
After approximately 8 minutes I decided to go back down to the water and check my pole. A few minutes later I returned to the top of the dam and the lights were gone.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))