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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Brown Creeper

(Certhia americana)
 
Brown Creeper
A Brown Creeper, like those found at the Presidio, at Fort Funston.
© Alan Hopkins 1999
 

Natural History: The Brown Creeper eats insects and other invertebrates by probing into bark and picking them off leaves. It often feeds by spiraling up a tree trunk. Nests are often built behind loose bark, usually in old-growth trees or snags. It is monogamous and breeds from March to mid-August.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this bird is found in Monterey Pine, Monterey Cypress, Redwood forests, and palm trees. It breeds within the Presidio grounds.

Frequency: This species is common in the Presidio year round.

Identifying Characteristics: The Brown Creeper is a small, slim bird with a brown color and light camouflage stripes. It is distinguished by its tendency to spiral up trees.

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Did You Know?

Jerry Garica was a founding member of the Grateful Dead.

A young Jerry Garcia was stationed at the Presidio during his brief service in the U.S. Army. Over the course of his nine-month career, Garcia went AWOL eight times and received two court-martials.