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: This bird sustains itself by feeding on small fish and other small vertebrates as well as invertebrates caught by stalking. It is found around both fresh and saltwater habitats. This species is the most cosmopolitan of the herons. It usually roosts and nests in colonies in trees near water.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found near freshwater, saltwater bays, and tidal areas, particularly frequenting Crissy Marsh.
Frequency: This bird is common throughout the year at the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: This all white species has a very long S-shaped neck, orange bill and dark legs and feet. It is considerably larger than the Snowy Egret.
Did You Know?
Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.