Natural History: The Song Sparrow feeds mostly on seeds, but it also forages for small invertebrates and berries at times. It seeks out low, dense vegetation, usually near water. It nests on the ground. The males can be seen and heard singing from perches. This species breeds in the spring and summer seasons.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found along streams, springs, marshes, coastal scrub, forests with willow and blackberries, and around ornamentals. It breeds in the Presidio.
Frequency: This species is common all year.
Identifying Characteristics: The Song Sparrow has a breast streaked with a dark central spot. Its body color varies from a pale to dark brown.
Did You Know?
In 1882, the fort now known as Fort Point was given the name "Fort Winfield Scott", a name it retained for four years before being downgraded to a sub-post of the Presidio. In 1912, the name was reused for the new coast artillery post at the Presidio, today's Fort Scott.