Natural History: The Bushtit feeds on insects, spiders, and berries. It builds nests above the ground of delicate plant material and spider webs. The Bushtit is frequently found in small groups that chirp as they make their way through the forest and shrubs, seeking out open areas within the dense understory. Breeding season runs from February to early August.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this bird is found in forest and ornamental areas. This species breeds on the Presidio grounds.
Frequency: This species is common in the Presidio year round.
Identifying Characteristics: The Bushtit is a small bird with a pale underside, a gray back, brown cheeks, and a longish tail. It is gregarious.
Did You Know?
In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.