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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Western Meadowlark

(Sturnella neglecta)
 
Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark at the Main Post.
Will Elder, NPS
 

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.

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Did You Know?

Bee collecting pollen

Over 60 species of bees can be found in the Presidio. This very diverse population results from ample nesting habitats in the Presidio’s soft, sandy soils, as well as a large variety of coastal scrub plants to provide nectar and pollen.