CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: The Red-shouldered Hawk tends to forage along the edges of wet areas. Its diet includes a variety of things ranging from mammals to insects which it usually searches for from a perch. This hawk is territorial by nature and takes cover and nests in riparian forested areas. Its breeding season runs from February through July.
General Distribution: This species is found in all forested areas of the Presidio and uses the Presidio as a breeding ground.
Frequency: The Red-shouldered Hawk is common in the Presidio year round.
Identifying Characteristics: This is a medium-size hawk with broad tail and wings. It is characterized by rufous color shoulders and a rusty color underside. Its tail is marked by narrow, white bands.
Did You Know?
In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."