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

    Presidio of San Francisco


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(Psaltriparus minimus)
A bushtit in the coastal scrub by Baker Beach.
Will Elder, NPS

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.

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Did You Know?

Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States

While visiting the Presidio in August 1923, General Pershing learned that President Warren Harding had died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It was Pershing's duty to accompany the body of the late President back to Washington D.C