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 Ring-billed Gull dives for fish, catches insects in the air, and also feeds on vegetation, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and garbage. It nests on open ground or near rocks from April to August.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in the ocean, bays, tidal sand and rock areas, and around piers and pilings.
Frequency: This species is considered common in the fall, spring and winter, and rare during the summer.
Identifying Characteristics: This gull can be distinguished by its medium-gray color with dark wing tips similar to the California Gull, except that it is smaller with a black ring encircling its bill and yellow-green legs.
Did You Know?
In 1882, the fort now known as Fort Point was given the name "Fort Winfield Scott", a name it retained for four years before being downgraded to a sub-post of the Presidio. In 1912, the name was reused for the new coast artillery post at the Presidio, today's Fort Scott.