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

    Presidio of San Francisco

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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?

The 6th Army Band during Alpert's service.

Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.