Updated: Oct 30, 2019
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Each week I pick a random birding hotspot from around the state of Wyoming, and I provide insights on birding the location! I include specific birds in the "Notable Birds" section of the post, IF they have a high-ish relative occurrence during the best months to bird the location. And sometimes I lob in a bird simply because it is really cool.
Hotspot Name: LeHardy Rapids (Yellowstone National Park)
Location: Cody, WY
Managing Organization: National Park Service
Facilities: Public Restrooms, Trails, Picnic Area, Fishing, Handicap Accessible - Limited
Fees: $35/7 day pass
Ebird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1283588
When to Bird: Spring | Summer | Fall
Number of Potential Species: 100+
Notable Birds: Harlequin Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Bald Eagle, Great Gray Owl, Belted Kingfisher, American Dipper, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler
Other Wildlife: Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, American Bison
Description: LeHardy Rapids are THE premier spot for Harlequin Duck in Wyoming. While there are multiple other locations they can be found, this spot is easily accessible. The close proximity to their daytime roost provides photo opportunities that would be unheard of on the coast! Make sure to keep your eyes open for grizzly bears and American Dippers. Though, if you do not see an American Dipper approaching you, it's much less unnerving. Great Gray Owls have been spotted here, but your timing and luck must be well-aligned!