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 Short-billed Dowitcher mostly forages for invertebrates but may also eat some seeds of aquatic plants. It breeds in the the arctic.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in areas of tidal sand and rock, saltwater bays and freshwater lakes.
Frequency: This species is moderately common during the spring, winter, and fall seasons.
Identifying Characteristics: This medium-size, mottled, brown sandpiper has a moderately long, straight beak and a prominently striped crown and eye line.
Did You Know?
Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.