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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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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