Natural History: The Willet forages by pecking and probing for invertebrates. It roosts at high tide or in upper wetland areas. This territorial bird uses grass-lined hollow nests created in emergent wetlands near open water. It breeds from April to September. The Willet is a monogamous animal and semicolonial breeders.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in areas of tidal sand and rock.
Frequency: This species is abundant during the spring, winter, and fall seasons.
Identifying Characteristics: The Willet has a gray color and can be identified by its stocky bill. Its legs are a dark color. It displays flashy wing patterns in flight.
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