Natural History: The Black Turnstone forages along the shore by probing for invertebrates using its bill. It roosts in upland areas during high tide. Nesting in the Alaskan tundra, its migration peaks in August and April.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in areas of tidal sand and rock.
Frequency: This species is common during the fall, winter, and spring seasons.
Identifying Characteristics: The Black Turnstone is a blackish colored shorebird with black legs. It displays a whitish belly.
Did You Know?
Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.