• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

American Coot

(Fulica americana)
 
American Coot
American Coot at Mountain Lake
Will Elder, NPS
 

Natural History: The Coot tends to forage underwater mostly on submerged aquatic plants, but it also feeds on insects and small fish. It builds large, woven platform nests among emergent vegetation over water. Although territorial by nature, this monogamous species is gregarious. Its breeding season runs from April to September

General Distribution: In the Presidio, coots can be found in bays, ponds, marshes, and tidal sand areas where they breed.

Frequency: This species is common year round.

Identifying Characteristics: This species can be identified by its slate-gray color with a white bill, and its tendency to dabble and dive.

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Did You Know?

Refugees in line for supplies, 1906

In the three days following the 1906 earthquake, the Army's refugee camps at the Presidio issued 3,000 tents, 12,000 shelter halves, 13,000 ponchos, 58,000 pairs of shoes, and 24,000 regulation blue shirts.