• 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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Long-billed Curlew

(Numenius americanus)
Long-billed Curlew
A Long-billed Curlew lands at Crissy Marsh.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Long-billed Curlew mostly forages for invertebrates but may also eat toads, and eggs and nestlings of other birds as well as some berries. It breeds in the interior west.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in areas of tidal sand and rock and by saltwater bays.

Frequency: This species is not found at the Presidio in the summer and is uncommon during the spring, winter, and fall seasons.

Identifying Characteristics: This very large, mottled, brown sandpiper has a long, strongly downcurved beak and lacks the strongly striped crown of the Whimbrel.

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Did You Know?

U.S. Army major rank insignia

In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.