CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
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.
Did You Know?
Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.