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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Surfbird

(Aphriza virgata)
 
Surfbird
A Surfbird similar to to those found at the Presidio.
USGS Photograph
 

Natural History: The Surfbird sustains itself by feeding on marine invertebrates. It roosts away from high tide. It breeds in alpine tundra habitats.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in rocky tidal areas.

Frequency: This species is common during the fall, winter, and spring seasons.

Identifying Characteristics: The Surfbird is a dark-gray shorebird that has a broad black band on a white tail.

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Did You Know?

Albert Sidney Johnston

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.