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: This bird sustains itself by feeding on small fish and other small vertebrates as well as invertebrates caught by stalking. It also stirs the mud with its feet to flush out prey. This species is found around both freshwater and brackish habitats. It roosts and nests in colonies in trees near water.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found near freshwater, saltwater bays, and tidal areas, particularly frequenting Crissy Marsh.
Frequency: This bird is common at the Presidio in the fall and spring.
Identifying Characteristics: This all white species has a medium long S-shaped neck, black bill with yellow around the eyes, and dark legs with yellow feet. It is smaller than the Great Egret.
Did You Know?
The U.S. Army maintained a post at the Presidio for nearly 150 years. The Presidio's garrison included troops from all major combat arms: infantry, cavalry, and artillery.