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: The Western Meadowlark feeds on insects and other invertebrates, as well as seeds and grains. Nests are built on the ground. Typically found in small flocks.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species is found in areas of scrub and grasslands.
Frequency: This species is moderately common in the spring, fall, and winter. It is not present in the summer. It is not known to breed at the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: This bird is characterized by mottled to speckled brown back and sides with a yellow belly and throat and dark brown to black throat band. The top of the head has dark brown stripes.
Did You Know?
In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.