Birding in Yellowstone: LeHardy Rapids

Updated: Apr 19

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You won't be able to hear your birding counterparts, but if your counterparts want to talk while enjoying such unique views of the "sea mouse," get new birding friends.

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:

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!

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