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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Short-billed Dowitcher

(Limnodromus griseus)
Short-billed Dowitcher
A Short-billed Dowitcher stands at the edge of Crissy Marsh.
© Alan Hopkins 2001

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.

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Did You Know?

Detail from Spanish Coat of Arms

While stationed at the Presidio, the U.S. Army adopted the Coat of Arms of Royal Spain for heraldry purposes. The seal appeared on vehicles, signs, and badges throughout the post.