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 House Finch forages for seeds and other plant parts in areas with nearby escape perches. It roosts and nests in protected areas. This is a monogamous species that nests beginning in March.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in annual grassland areas, coastal and dune scrub, all forested areas, and all developed areas. It breeds in the Presidio.
Frequency: This species is abundant all year.
Identifying Characteristics: The males of the House Finch are brownish in color with a red breast, forehead, stripe over its eye, and lower back. The females are brown with streaks and have a shortish beak.
Did You Know?
While stationed at the Presidio, the U.S. Army adopted the Coat of Arms of Royal Spain for heraldry purposes. The seal appeared on vehicles, signs, and badges throughout the post.