• 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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(Numenius phaeopus)
Whimbrels take a rest at Crissy Marsh.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Whimbrel moslty forages for invertebrates but may also eat some seeds, berries, and leaves. It breeds in the arctic.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in areas of tidal sand and rock.

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

Identifying Characteristics: This large, mottled, light brown sandpiper has a long, downcurved beak and a prominently striped crown and eye line.

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Did You Know?

Crissy Field today

Crissy Field was the only Army airfield in the western United States continuously active from 1919 to 1936.