Rough-legged Hawks (Buteo lagopus) are winter visitors here in Bighorn Canyon. Their wingspan is a little over four feet and they are usually 19” long. They have two distinct color phases and much individual variation. Some have an almost entirely dark body and some have only the lower part of the body dark with the upper part being distinctly lighter in contrast. The fan shaped, white tail has a dark, wide band across the end.
Sightings at Bighorn Canyon
Did You Know?
Prior to the completion of Yellowtail Dam, the Bighorn River was a muddy, warm water prairie stream. The dam transformed the river into a cold, clear tailwater ideally suited to rainbow and brown trout, and aquatic insects. The Bighorn River now draws visitors and anglers from around the globe. More...