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

    Presidio of San Francisco


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?

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.