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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Marbled Godwit

(Limosa fedoa)
 
Marbled Godwit
A group of Marbled Godwits wade at Baker Beach.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Natural History: The Marbled Godwit forages by pecking and probing for invertebrates. It often feeds at night. This loosely colonial bird is often found in small flocks. It breeds in the the mid-west of Canada and the United States.

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

Frequency: This species is abundant during the spring, winter, and fall seasons.

Identifying Characteristics: This large, mottled brown sandpiper has a long, slightly upturned beak that is darker near the tip.

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Did You Know?

Bee collecting pollen

Over 60 species of bees can be found in the Presidio. This very diverse population results from ample nesting habitats in the Presidio’s soft, sandy soils, as well as a large variety of coastal scrub plants to provide nectar and pollen.