Birds - Red-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatches are active birds that can be seen hopping down the trunk of trees head-first. The white-breasted nuthatch is larger than the red-breasted variety. Both can be seen year-round at Wind Cave National Park. Often they can be seen pecking at the bark of trees to find insects, although they also can eat seeds and nuts. Their nasal, yank-yank call can be heard near the visitor center and in forested areas throughout the park.
Did You Know?
Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.