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-tailed Hawk can be seen soaring, perching, and pouncing on prey. It primarily forages in grasslands in the early morning and late afternoon. This hawk tends to roost in trees and creates nests of stick platforms typically in mature riparian habitats. This species is highly adaptable and defends its territory throughout the year. Breeding season runs from March through July.
General Distribution: This species is found in all areas of the Presidio, particularly in forested areas and annual grasslands. It breeds on the Presidio.
Frequency: This species is common in the Presidio year round.
Identifying Characteristics: This bird can be noted by its large broad wings and streaks across its belly underside. It is variable in color, but the black adults usually have red tails.
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."