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 Elegant Tern's diet primarily consists of small fish, which it dives for from above the water after hovering. It will occasionally scavenge for food. It is found near saltwater areas, where it hunts. This bird nests in shallow depressions in sandy substrate, typically within 60 feet of water.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species is found along the coast, particularly off Crissy Field.
Frequency: This bird is common in the summer and fall.
Identifying Characteristics: This moderate-size tern has a long, orange beak, a short black crest.
Did You Know?
The modern-day Officers' Club was part of the original Spanish Presidio. In the front section of the building, excavations have uncovered adobe walls dating from the 1790's.