• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Birds - December Count

The Wind Cave December Bird Count centers on the Rankin Ridge Lookout and goes out 5 miles. This covers the entire National Park plus parts of Custer State Park and adjoining National Forest Service and private lands. In 2011 the decision was made to adjust the 15 mile diameter area particpants cover in order to include the Casey addition to the park.

The next December bird count will take on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Meet at the park visitor center at 8:00 a.m. For more information contact the park by email or by phone 605-745-4600.

 

Species

2010

2011

2012

2012

2013

2014

Canada Goose

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mallard

6

0

0

0

0

0

Bald Eagle

12

5

0

0

0

0

Northern Harrier

1

4

0

0

0

0

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cooper's Hawk

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rough-legged Hawk

1

0

0

0

0

0

Ferruginous Hawk

0

0

0

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

2

6

0

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

9

5

0

0

0

0

Merlin

0

0

0

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

0

0

0

Prairie Falcon

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gray Partridge

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ring-necked Pheasant

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sharp-tailed Grouse

52

51

0

0

0

0

Wild Turkey

127

33

0

0

0

0

Common Snipe

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rock Pidgeon (Dove)

8

0

0

0

0

0

Eastern Screech Owl

0

0

0

0

0

0

Long Eared Owl

0

0

0

0

0

0

Great Horned Owl

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Saw-whet Owl

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Flicker

2

6

0

0

0

0

Belted Kingfisher

0

0

0

0

0

0

Downy Woodpecker

9

3

0

0

0

0

Hairy Woodpecker

13

5

0

0

0

0

Black-backed Woodpecker

1

0

0

0

0

0

Horned Lark

0

2

0

0

0

0

Gray Jay

8

0

0

0

0

0

Blue Jay

2

1

0

0

0

0

Pinyon Jay

0

0

0

0

0

0

Clark's Nutcracker

0

0

0

0

0

0

Black-billed Magpie

26

35

0

0

0

0

American Crow

88

34

0

0

0

0

Black-capped Chickadee

118

167

0

0

0

0

Red-breasted Nuthatch

65

17

0

0

0

0

White-breasted Nuthatch

40

25

0

0

0

0

Pygmy Nuthatch

0

0

0

0

0

0

Brown Creeper

3

1

0

0

0

0

Canyon Wren

2

3

0

0

0

0

Winter Wren

0

0

0

0

0

0

Golden-crowned Kinglet

3

0

0

0

0

0

Townsend's Solitaire

15

9

0

0

0

0

American Robin

27

4

0

0

0

0

Mountain Bluebird

1

0

0

0

0

0

Cedar Waxwing

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Shrike

5

4

0

0

0

0

European Starling

0

20

0

0

0

0

American Goldfinch

18

22

0

0

0

0

House Sparrow

10

24

0

0

0

0

Lincoln Sparrow

0

0

0

0

0

0

Song Sparrow

0

0

0

0

0

0

American Tree Sparrow

1

16

0

0

0

0

White-crowned Sparrow

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dark-eyed Junco

155

181

0

0

0

0

House Finch

1

0

0

0

0

0

Brewer's Blackbird

0

0

0

0

0

0

Red-winged Blackbird

28

0

0

0

0

0

Snow Bunting

0

0

0

0

0

0

Western Meadowlark

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rosy Finch

0

0

0

0

0

0

Purple Finch

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cassin's Finch

0

0

0

0

0

0

House Finch

1

0

0

0

0

0

Red Crossbill

125

5

0

0

0

0

Common Redpoll

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pine Siskin

16

3

0

0

0

0

Evening Grosbeak

0

0

0

0

0

0

Spotted Towhee

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

Species

35

29

0

0

0

0

Number of Birds

1000

699

0

0

0

0

Number of Participants

8

14

0

0

0

0

Vehicle Miles

167

216

0

0

0

0

Foot Miles

19.5

30

0

0

0

0

Weather

Sunny turning cloudy 6-39 F Winds 4-6 mph

Sunny 30-52 F Winds 5-15 mph Great Day

0

0

0

0



 
Species

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Canada Goose

0

Canceled

0

0

0

Mallard

0

due to

0

0

0

Bald Eagle

7

weather

6

11

8

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

2

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

0

Cooper's Hawk

0

1

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

0

1

1

Rough-legged Hawk

2

0

0

0

Ferruginous Hawk

2

0

1

2

Red-tailed Hawk

2

4

2

2

Golden Eagle

2

8

4

9

Merlin

0

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

0

Prairie Falcon

0

0

0

0

Gray Partridge

0

0

0

0

Ring-necked Pheasant

0

0

0

0

Sharp-tailed Grouse

5

0

6

8

Wild Turkey

193

183

36

52

Common Snipe

2

1

0

0

Rock Pidgeon (Dove)

3

19

3

9

Eastern Screech Owl

0

0

0

0

Long Eared Owl

0

0

0

0

Great Horned Owl

0

0

3

1

Northern Saw-whet Owl

1

1

1

1

Northern Flicker

3

1

1

4

Belted Kingfisher

0

0

0

0

Downy Woodpecker

1

5

9

9

Hairy Woodpecker

2

16

12

12

Black-backed Woodpecker

0

0

1

0

Horned Lark

40

122

0

0

Gray Jay

1

0

1

0

Blue Jay

0

0

0

0

Pinyon Jay

0

0

0

0

Clark's Nutcracker

0

0

0

0

Black-billed Magpie

20

25

19

24

American Crow

84

92

163

235

Black-capped Chickadee

28

145

150

189

Red-breasted Nuthatch

28

47

43

133

White-breasted Nuthatch

2

42

40

43

Pygmy Nuthatch

0

0

9

0

Brown Creeper

0

4

0

2

Canyon Wren

2

4

0

3

Winter Wren

0

1

0

0

Golden-crowned Kinglet

0

3

0

10

Townsend's Solitaire

4

27

8

15

American Robin

14

219

21

31

Mountain Bluebird

0

0

0

0

Cedar Waxwing

0

20

0

0

Northern Shrike

0

1

2

4

European Starling

14

2

2

14

American Goldfinch

1

5

0

13

House Sparrow

16

20

0

16

Lincoln Sparrow

0

0

0

0

Song Sparrow

0

0

0

0

American Tree Sparrow

0

3

5

White-crowned Sparrow

0

0

0

0

Dark-eyed Junco

144

167

309

444

House Finch

0

0

0

0

Brewer's Blackbird

0

0

0

0

Snow Bunting

0

0

0

0

Western Meadowlark

0

0

0

0

Rosy Finch

0

0

0

0

Purple Finch

0

0

0

0

Cassin's Finch

0

0

0

0

House Finch

16

0

0

0

Red Crossbill

41

0

32

123

Common Redpoll

0

0

0

0

Pine Siskin

0

1

0

41

Evening Grosbeak

0

0

0

0

Spotted Towhee

0

0

0

0

Totals

Species

28

31

30

32

Number of Birds

665

1194

914

1465

Number of Participants

9

12

8

14

Vehicle Miles

172

165.5

168

187

Foot Miles

10

22.9

9.5

21

Weather

snowy -2 to 3 F Winds 5-22 mph drifting snow

sunny 28-42 F
Winds 5-9 mph

clear 20-35 F Winds 0-5 mph

clear 29-45 F
Winds 5-13 mph gusting to 22

 
Species

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

Canada Goose

0

0

0

0

0

Mallard

4

7

3

24

9

Bald Eagle

20

14

6

10

4

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

0

0

Cooper's Hawk

0

0

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

1

0

1

0

Rough-legged Hawk

1

4

2

1

1

Ferruginous Hawk

0

0

1

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

0

1

2

0

Golden Eagle

23

18

9

26

11

Merlin

0

0

1

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

0

0

Prairie Falcon

1

1

0

1

1

Gray Partridge

0

0

0

0

0

Ring-necked Pheasant

0

0

0

0

0

Sharp-tailed Grouse

0

7

15

0

65

Wild Turkey

55

97

64

93

49

Common Snipe

0

0

2

2

0

Rock Dove

14

13

30

22

8

Eastern Screech Owl

0

0

0

0

0

Long Eared Owl

0

1

0

0

0

Great Horned Owl

2

0

0

1

0

Northern Saw-whet Owl

2

0

0

2

0

Northern Flicker

3

3

3

5

3

Belted Kingfisher

0

0

0

0

0

Downy Woodpecker

27

6

2

20

3

Hairy Woodpecker

33

3

2

15

5

Black-backed Woodpecker

0

0

0

1

0

Horned Lark

8

0

0

0

0

Gray Jay

9

3

4

3

2

Blue Jay

0

0

0

0

0

Pinyon Jay

0

0

0

0

0

Clark's Nutcracker

1

0

0

0

0

Black-billed Magpie

64

10

5

16

9

American Crow

185

142

366

299

250

Black-capped Chickadee

180

154

69

121

137

Red-breasted Nuthatch

148

31

33

87

12

White-breasted Nuthatch

48

22

15

15

11

Pygmy Nuthatch

3

2

8

0

0

Brown Creeper

2

7

2

6

2

Canyon Wren

1

3

2

1

2

Golden-crowned Kinglet

1

3

0

3

1

Townsend's Solitaire

22

17

8

27

10

American Robin

1

1

4

1

0

Mountain Bluebird

0

0

0

0

0

Cedar Waxwing

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Shrike

2

0

0

5

5

European Starling

100

96

58

209

21

American Goldfinch

50

2

19

42

2

House Sparrow

8

6

14

3

12

Lincoln Sparrow

0

0

0

0

0

Song Sparrow

0

0

0

0

0

American Tree Sparrow

16

1

9

5

0

White-crowned Sparrow

0

0

0

0

0

Dark-eyed Junco

483

120

473

249

140

House Finch

4

0

0

0

0

Brewer's Blackbird

0

0

0

1

0

Snow Bunting

0

0

0

0

0

Western Meadowlark

0

0

0

0

0

Rosy Finch

0

0

0

0

0

Purple Finch

0

0

0

0

0

Cassin's Finch

0

0

0

0

0

House Finch

0

0

0

0

0

Red Crossbill

634

34

0

175

0

Common Redpoll

0

0

0

0

0

Pine Siskin

5

1

0

15

0

Evening Grosbeak

0

0

0

0

0

Spotted Towhee

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

Species

37

32

30

36

27

Number of Birds

2164

831

1231

1510

777

Number of Participants

9

14

13

17

21

Vehicle Miles

209

156

219

240

181

Foot Miles

26

31

22

40

28

Weather

clear
15-32 F
winds 5-15 mph

clear
35-49 F
winds 10-50 mph

clear
46-57 F
winds 20-40 mph

mostly sunny
21-38 F
winds 8-18 mph

partly cloudy
39 F
winds 23-46 mph

 
Species

1999

1998

1997

1996

1995

Canada Goose

158

0

0

0

11

Mallard

17

6

2

0

0

Bald Eagle

4

14

2

5

2

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

1

0

Cooper's Hawk

1

0

1

0

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

1

0

1

0

Rough-legged Hawk

1

6

0

1

0

Ferruginous Hawk

1

0

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

2

1

1

1

Golden Eagle

8

18

12

6

4

Merlin

0

0

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

0

0

0

0

Prairie Falcon

0

0

0

2

0

Gray Partridge

6

0

0

0

0

Ring-necked Pheasant

2

0

0

0

0

Sharp-tailed Grouse

57

60

79

21

5

Wild Turkey

129

9

55

23

18

Common Snipe

1

1

1

0

5

Rock Dove

8

15

0

22

2

Eastern Screech Owl

0

0

0

0

0

Long Eared Owl

0

0

0

0

0

Great Horned Owl

1

1

3

0

2

Northern Saw-whet Owl

1

1

1

0

0

Northern Flicker

5

5

1

0

2

Belted Kingfisher

1

1

0

0

0

Downy Woodpecker

10

8

6

1

3

Hairy Woodpecker

4

11

6

3

10

Black-backed Woodpecker

0

1

0

1

3

Horned Lark

0

0

24

4

0

Gray Jay

0

5

2

3

0

Blue Jay

0

0

0

0

0

Pinyon Jay

1

46

0

0

8

Clark's Nutcracker

0

1

4

0

0

Black-billed Magpie

16

25

10

5

9

American Crow

464

71

26

161

21

Black-capped Chickadee

213

236

188

115

146

Red-breasted Nuthatch

35

82

36

14

35

White-breasted Nuthatch

22

22

17

11

21

Pygmy Nuthatch

0

0

0

0

0

Brown Creeper

2

11

1

1

3

Canyon Wren

3

0

0

0

0

Golden-crowned Kinglet

16

14

1

0

0

Townsend's Solitaire

20

18

9

6

10

American Robin

12

0

9

0

1

Mountain Bluebird

0

0

0

1

0

Cedar Waxwing

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Shrike

8

1

3

1

2

European Starling

69

17

2

0

0

American Goldfinch

28

3

18

0

0

House Sparrow

4

10

4

0

0

Lincoln Sparrow

0

0

1

0

0

Song Sparrow

0

1

1

0

0

American Tree Sparrow

18

5

6

0

0

White-crowned Sparrow

0

0

0

0

0

Darl-eyed Junco

238

290

486

72

220

House Finch

0

0

0

0

0

Brewer's Blackbird

0

0

0

0

0

Snow Bunting

0

0

0

1

0

Western Meadowlark

2

0

0

0

0

Rosy Finch

0

0

0

0

0

Purple Finch

0

0

0

0

0

Cassin's Finch

0

0

0

0

0

House Finch

0

0

0

0

0

Red Crossbill

1

337

55

0

38

Common Redpoll

20

0

0

0

13

Pine Siskin

9

4

2

0

20

Evening Grosbeak

0

0

0

0

0

Spotted Towhee

0

1

0

0

0

Totals

Species

41

38

35

26

27

Number of Birds

1542

1362

1079

484

615

Number of Participants

17

18

15

19

15

Vehicle Miles

181

173

233

93

127

Foot Miles

26

26

18

13

16

Weather

clear
40 F
winds 5-15 mph

clear
52 F
winds 5-15 mph

clear
59 F
winds 20-40 mph

clear
24 F
winds 10-25 mph

foggy
24 F
winds
calm

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.