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Birdwatching at El Polín Spring
A photo of three Allen's hummingbirds washing themselves at El Polin Spring.

El Polín Spring is one of the most popular places for birdwatching in the Presidio. Bring the binoculars and spot the park's winged wonders in every season of the year. Listen closely for bird calls, songs, and sounds.


More than 300 bird species have been observed in the Presidio, which is located on the Pacific Migratory Flyway, the route from Alaska through South America that is used by migrating birds in the spring and fall. The Presidio as a whole - and El Polín Spring in particular - provides food and water, as well as valuable resting and breeding places, for both migratory and local birds. As natural habitat becomes increasingly rare in more urbanized places, restored areas such as El Polín Spring are important refuges for wildlife.


In the Spring

  • Townsend's Warbler
  • Allen's Hummingbird
  • Barn Swallow
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler


In the Winter

  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
  • Anna's Hummingbird
  • Hermit Thrush



  • White-Crowned Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Pgymy Nuthatch
  • Scrub Jay
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Dark-Eyed Junco
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