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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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?

Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States

While visiting the Presidio in August 1923, General Pershing learned that President Warren Harding had died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It was Pershing's duty to accompany the body of the late President back to Washington D.C