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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Red-throated Loon

(Gavia stellata)
 
Red-Throated Loon
A Red-throated Loon swims at Crissy Marsh.
© Alan Hopkins 2002
 

Natural History: This bird feeds on fish by pursuing them and diving into the water, but it also eats invertebrates. It is commonly found resting on water. This species nests in the arctic.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in bays and the ocean.

Frequency: This animal is abundantly found during the winter and spring and uncommon in the summer and fall.

Identifying Characteristics: During breeding season this species is distinguished by its gray neck and head with brick-red throat patch. It has a slightly upturned bill and often tilts its head slightly up.

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Did You Know?

The San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio

The National Cemeteries Act was based on the principles articulated by President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address--"that these dead shall not have died in vain." Passed by Congress in 1863, the law established thirteen cemeteries to inter veterans of the Armed Forces and their families.