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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Western Gull

(Laurus occidentalis)
 
Western Gull
A Western Gull drops a clam to break it open at Crissy Field.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Natural History: The Western Gull is omnivorous like the California Gull. It is a scavenger but also feeds on fish and invertebrates. It nests on ground in rocky terraces and cliffs.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in the ocean, bays, ponds, tidal sand and rock areas, and around piers, pilings, and lawns. It is a potential nester in the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is considered abundant in the summer, fall, and winter months and common during the spring.

Identifying Characteristics: This gull can be distinguished by its dark back and wings. It has a white underneath with pinkish feet.

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