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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Heermann's Gull

(Larus heermanni)
Hermann's Gull
Second year Heermann's Gull at Baker Beach.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: Heermann's Gull feeds on marine fishes, invertebrates, and scavenges material along shorelines, beaches, and offshore kelp beds. It breeds off the Mexican Coast.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in the ocean, bays, tidal sand areas, areas of tidal rock, and around piers and pilings.

Frequency: This species is common in summer, fall, and winter but uncommon during the spring.

Identifying Characteristics: Heermann's Gull can be noted by its dark gray color with a black tail, whitish head, and red bill.

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