• 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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Pine Siskin

(Carduelis pinus)
Pine siskin
A pine siskin visits El Polin Spring.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Pine Siskin feeds primarily on seeds and plant parts, but may also eat insects. It tends to take cover in trees but nests in dense foliage. It breeds from April to September.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this bird is found in all forests and in ornamental plants.

Frequency: This species is common in the spring and summer and abundant in the fall and winter seasons.

Identifying Characteristics: This bird's identifying characteristics are its brown streaking and forked tail. It shows a touch of yellow in its wings and tail.

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Did You Know?

Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France

French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, supreme commander of the allied forces during World War I, visited Crissy Field in 1921 and declared it "The last word in airfields."