Rough-legged Hawk in the Bitterroot is a Patient Hunter
This rough-legged hawk looks like it might be cold, but actually it's enjoying its winter vacation in the Bitterroot Valley.
The rough-legged hawks migrate far north into the Arctic while other birds are migrating north into Montana.
This hawk would probably be uncomfortable in the southern states. But here in the Bitterroot, you can see one occasionally sitting on power pole along the East Side Highway, no matter how cold it might be.
When the bird is actively hunting, they fly against the wind, hovering in the air until they dive down.