With snow falling right now it looks somewhat like the Arctic in Colorado so it seems fitting to post an image of this visitor from those lands far north.
Rough Legged Hawks spend their summers in the Arctic where they mate and then spend winters in southern Canada and the lower 48. I’ve been fortunate to see a number of these here this winter, including this one from last weekend near Denver International Airport.
One of their most notable features is that their legs are feathered all the way down to the toes, one of only three American raptors like that. The other two being the Ferruginous Hawk and the Golden Eagle.