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 Scrub Jay eats nuts, fruits, insects, bird eggs (and the young) and often caches its food. It takes cover in scrub and woodlands and prefers willow habitats on the Presidio. This bird nests in twig cups in dense foliage from early March to mid-August.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in forests of willow, eucalyptus, live oak, and all developed areas. It breeds in the Presidio.
Frequency: This species is common all year.
Identifying Characteristics: The Scrub Jay has no crest. It has a blue head, wings, and tail. Otherwise, it is a brownish-gray with a white throat necklace.
Did You Know?
Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.